Bacup red dust 'not a health risk'

A ‘STRANGE’ red dust which has covered homes and cars in Bacup has been confirmed as non-toxic by public health experts.

Residents of Windermere Road, and surrounding areas off Todmorden Road, are angry that nothing has been done about the substance, which has been coating their walls and gardens for more than a year.

Neighbours believed the particles, which turn bright yellow when touched, may have been emerged from a nearby mine and sent several complaints to the borough council.

But after carrying out tests on the samples of the substance, the Coal Authority and Rossendale Council has disproved that theory, saying analysis of the dust has shown it is a form of algae.

Council environmental health officers say they have consulted with experts from Public Health England, who assured them that the ‘algae growth’ does not pose any risk to health.

Sandra Navesey, 72, of Windermere Road, speaking on behalf of around 30 protesters, said: “We’ve had no idea what the dust is.

"Most of us are retired in this area and no-one has ever seen such a strange substance before.

“It doesn’t seem like algae. It’s red to look at, but when it’s touched, or if it rain, it turns bright yellow.

“Dogs have been going out for walks and coming home with their paws and mouths covered in the red substance.

“It’s highly concerning. Having looked at the red liquid in the mine near Northern Primary School, it looks like it could be the same substance.”

A Rossendale Council spokesman said: “Officers of the council have investigated this matter thoroughly and can confirm that the staining is due to an algae growth.

“Officers consulted with Public Health England who confirmed that the algae did not pose any risk to health.

“As the algae has no public health significance the environmental health department have no plans to investigate further.

“The residents have been informed of these facts directly, and via their MP, and have been advised on how to treat the algae.”

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4:04pm Sun 8 Jun 14

wilddog says...

Excuse me council!They pay their council tax - You sort it! You guys make my blood boil! There is a problem coming from somewhere but seeing you lot dont live there,its right! Get it sorted!
Excuse me council!They pay their council tax - You sort it! You guys make my blood boil! There is a problem coming from somewhere but seeing you lot dont live there,its right! Get it sorted! wilddog
  • Score: 7

6:41pm Sun 8 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

wilddog wrote:
Excuse me council!They pay their council tax - You sort it! You guys make my blood boil! There is a problem coming from somewhere but seeing you lot dont live there,its right! Get it sorted!
Yeah too right! How dare experts from the Coal Authority, Public Health England & the Environmental Health Department tell some untrained people they are wrong!

I pay council tax too and it goes in the same pot so I say enough has been done. They have had experts out that have said it's safe so lets not waste any more well needed money on this!
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: Excuse me council!They pay their council tax - You sort it! You guys make my blood boil! There is a problem coming from somewhere but seeing you lot dont live there,its right! Get it sorted![/p][/quote]Yeah too right! How dare experts from the Coal Authority, Public Health England & the Environmental Health Department tell some untrained people they are wrong! I pay council tax too and it goes in the same pot so I say enough has been done. They have had experts out that have said it's safe so lets not waste any more well needed money on this! HelmshoreMan2010
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6:31am Mon 9 Jun 14

Ronnietate says...

So why has this algae never been here in the years past, why only know. I say it came from Mars!
So why has this algae never been here in the years past, why only know. I say it came from Mars! Ronnietate
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10:48am Mon 9 Jun 14

Box Pool says...

The "red liquid" in the mine is iron. Iron does not fly through the air and attach itself to walls. My lawn is covered with nasty green stuff, will the council come and sort it out for me?
The "red liquid" in the mine is iron. Iron does not fly through the air and attach itself to walls. My lawn is covered with nasty green stuff, will the council come and sort it out for me? Box Pool
  • Score: 4

3:05pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Kian Wee says...

What kind of algae are those?
What kind of algae are those? Kian Wee
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