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Last Updated: Monday, 23 October 2006, 05:43 GMT 06:43 UK
Challenge to asbestos site begins
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Campaigners are opposed to plans for an asbestos store
A two-day hearing of a legal challenge to plans for an asbestos storage site in County Antrim is to begin.

Residents of Crumlin were granted a judicial review of the decision to grant planning permission to the site at nearby Crosshill.

They have mounted a long-running campaign against the site, which would deal with asbestos from across NI.

The government said the plant would pose no risk to health, and gave the green light to plans in March 2005.

The proposal will see double-bagged asbestos being transported to Crosshill by the firm Eastwood Ltd, where it will be stored in steel containers before it is moved on for final disposal in England.

However, objectors say they are taking the action because they believe the risk of contamination is too great.

Crumlin Against Asbestos chairman Michael Keating said: "It has been a long road to get to this point but we are obviously delighted to have our day in court to put across our case.

"We have always said that the people of Crumlin have genuine concerns over the decision to grant planning permission for the asbestos facility in our village and we are satisfied that those concerns will now be given the attention that they deserve."

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