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The former Turner Brothers Asbestos (TBA) site


The former Turner Brothers Asbestos (TBA) site​​The former Turner Brothers Asbestos (TBA) site is a privately-owned 30 hectares (approximately) area and is situated 1km north west of Rochdale town centre, at National Grid Reference 388400, 414600

The site has a long history of industrial use including asbestos manufacture dating back to the 19th​ century. Although the council doesn't own the site and our power to do anything with it is very limited, we want to find a long-term future for it that is safe and sustainable.

Site investigation

An investigation between November 2016 and February 2017 assessed the ground quality at the former TBA site and looked at potential environmental issues, filling in the gaps in knowledge gained from previous investigations. We have not received a copy of the report.

Safety of the former TBA site

The area is a former industrial site and there are known hazards on the land. The public should keep to the public pathway. The site is private land and there is a security presence on site. Parents who are aware that their children are attempting to access the site should discourage them from doing so.

We pass concerns we receive, where photos or videos can be provided, on to the site owner. In May 2019 we reported concerns about scrambling bikes to the site owners and asked them to tackle this.

Air sampling results

We commissioned a monitoring investigation of airborne asbestos fibres around the perimeter of the site from August 2015 to March 2017.

From the results of the independent testing and the fact that only 1 fibre was identified from August 2015 to March 2017, there is no evidence of any significant risk to health of those residing in areas surrounding the site.

​Update​s on the former TBA site

If you have any questions, please use the TBA contact details on this page.

​Thursday, 19 September 2019​An update on the site was provided to the Spotland and Falinge area forum. Read the September 2019 TBA site update (89kb pdf)
​​Tuesday, 21 February 2017
​Work has now finished on site. The samples will be analysed and the site monitored before the final conclusions report is prepared.
​​Tuesday, 3 January 2017​Investigation works are due to start on the main factory area within the next couple of weeks.
​​Residents around Broadlea Grove, Dell Side Way and Fallowfield Drive be advised there may be some noise associated with the works, which will end by 5pm each day.
​​Thursday, ​22 December 2016​Site works have now finished for the festive break and will begin again in the new year.
​​​​Friday, 9 December 2016​Due to winter conditions and the festive break, works on the site are expected to continue until end of ​January 2017. The counc​il’s air monitoring period will also be extended to accommodate this.​​
Monday, 21 November 2016Drilling begins.
Residents around Harridge Avenue, Dell Road and Dell Side be advised there may be some noise during the week associated with the drilling. Work will end by 5pm each day.​
​Monday​, 14 November 2016Investigation started.​

​​Site history

  • ​1890 - site is largely open fields. Mill recorded as “Clod Mill” in the south west corner of the site. Harridge Mill (with associated rail sidings) and “Tenters” in the north
  • 1910 - south western part of the site expanded and recorded as “Asbestos & India Rubber Works”. Harridge Mill in the north is recorded as disused​
  • 1920 - Harridge Sidings in the north expanded
  • 1960s - the site in the south expanded to its present day extent
  • 1990s - asbestos materials ceased to be manufactured at the site. Buildings occupied by various small tenants
  • 2008 - tenants all vacated site
  • 2013 - suspected arson attack in February causes significant damage to the structure of the older buildings
  • 2013 - some buildings demolished and those left targeted by vandals
  • 2014 - ​further fire in January, cause unknown

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