The famous world heritage site Stonehenge has come under considerable attention in recent months over the alarming discovery of illegally dumped asbestos at the £27 million visitor centre. The deadly material found was reported to be the size of bricks and was mixed amongst topsoil used in covering an area. It’s estimated that Stonehenge on average receives 1.3 million tourists a year.
The find was made only a short distance from the ancient megalithic site where redevelopment works had taken place previously in 2013. The hazardous material was discovered during landscaping work in 2014. A spokesman for English Heritage said, “As part of the project to improve the landscape around Stonehenge, a section of the now closed A344 has been returned to chalk grassland.”
According to the Daily Mirror, a source said much of the removal work was carried out under the cover of darkness to avoid any negative publicity.”They pulled up the whole road and replaced the lot. The whole job took about a week.”
The negligent error resulted in a disagreement between English Heritage and the engineering firms involved in the contract. In all the sum of £100,000 was paid in removal fees by the engineering firms.
The spokesman for English Heritage said “During the works, inspections revealed that the topsoil laid by the contractors on this section did not meet the standards required by English Heritage. Given the importance of the project and the fact that the area concerned sits within a World Heritage Site, we insisted that the contractor replace the topsoil.”
The spokesman maintained that only a “small amount” of asbestos was found and said that it posed no risk to the public.
The ancient stone age site located near Amesbury in Wiltshire dates back to as far 3000 BC and is a ranked as a world heritage site, noted as one of the wonders of the world.The construction of the Stone age site has baffled archaeologists for many years. It is believed the location served as a burial site, and as a place of druidic worship.