Fremington Church Hall, Wednesday, June 22 at 6.30pm

A public meeting will be held next week to address fears of contamination including asbestos at the Fremington army camp site.

North Devon Council says it has arranged the meeting at Fremington Church Hall on Wednesday, June 22 at 6.30pm to address concerns that have been raised about the presence of asbestos.

Executive member for environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: “There has been concern from some local people with regard to potential asbestos risks, both on the site itself and through lorries coming and going.

“As a result, and following a request for a public meeting, the council has arranged to hold this community event, so that these concerns can be addressed and so the public can find out what action or measures have been put in place.”

Local ward member, Councillor Frank Biederman added: “I am pleased the council has been able to arrange this meeting and urge those that have raised concerns to attend the meeting, so we can hear from the officers dealing with the site what has and has not happened.

“There have been so many rumours going around, we really need to be assured the public are not being put at risk in any way and all procedures are in place to ensure this.”

Residents had expressed fears of a health risk over the presence of asbestos at the site and also had concerns ‘contaminated soil’ was being transported to the new Anchorwood Bank site.

The council told the Gazette last month there was ‘no immediate risk to public health’ and said it was satisfied the developer was dealing appropriately with any contaminated material.

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