The lines have been drawn at a Wellingborough Leisure Centre, but nanoparticles will cross them. The proposed Redwell 3G Pitch is next to a primary school, and tyre rubber crumb dust from the pitch will blow into classrooms. Studies have shown these invisible nanoparticles act like asbestos. We all now about illnesses caused by asbestos, which is why local people want to know why they and their children should be exposed?
Occasional Exposures Reduce Risk
Stuart L Shalat, scientist at EOHSI (Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute) states “Given that there are only occasional exposures this tends to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.” But local residents argue that there are no “only occasional exposures” for the children in the adjoining school nor for the people living in neighbouring houses.
This really needs rethinking before it turns into something as bad as asbestos. Children at Redwell School, next to the proposed field, will have this toxic, ultrafine nanoparticle, nanotube carbon black rubber dust blowing over their playground and into their classrooms every single minute they are at school unlike the football players who will only be exposed to this toxic air for the short time they play their games.
Local Children At Greater Risk
There is more chance of local children potentially ending up with serious illnesses as well as all the people in the neighbouring houses even though they are not actually playing on the field! We feel that this shouldn’t be allowed and that someone at Wellingborough Borough Council has to take responsibility and stop this 3G pitch being built. The lives of all the children at the next door school are put at risk! This is not right.
Wellingborough Borough Council (WBC) is going by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) report Feb 2017 that has so many assumptions and uncertainties. ECHA acknowledge this and actually say they have made assumptions and have listed their uncertainties. ECHA issued a notice of restriction of use of rubber crumb on 30th June 2017, due to come into effect on 13th April 2018. Wellingborough Borough Council have chosen to ignore the this. The FA, Sport England, and all the other stakeholders, go by the ECHA Report and they have also all, so far, ignored the ECHA restriction of the use of rubber crumb notice.
Will It Even Be Used?
In 2015, Borough Councillor, Valerie Anslow, urged the council to consider the new 3G pitch to be unnecessary. The jointly owned all weather pitch on Wrenn School, London Road is well used both by the school in the day and by community groups in the evening. To put another pitch on Redwell site would mean that its use was limited during the day – this is evident in the lack of people using the leisure centre and the decision to limit the opening times for community use. The cost of the proposed 3G Pitch, inclusive of lighting and fencing, is £600,000, with £300,000 funding from the FA, WBC will have to match this. This is a huge expense for a cash strapped local council, particularly if another 3G pitch may not be viable.