Residents’ fears eased over asbestos container

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 June 2012

Asbestos disposal work in Alfred Street.

Asbestos disposal work in Alfred Street.

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A HOUSING association has moved to allay residents’ fears after an asbestos removal container was left unlocked in a tenants’ car park.

Residents in Hans Price Close were informed on June 8 by Knightstone Housing that a skip would be placed in parking spaces at the site while Somer Housing did work on a home in Alfred Street.

But they were surprised when instead of a skip a large asbestos container was left unlocked outside their homes.

Moving to ease their concerns, Knightstone Housing has assured residents that the container was only unlocked before the hazardous waste was put into it, and that since the material had been put inside it has been secured at all times.

Mark Beard, director of operations at Knightstone said: “We are sorry for any distress caused to residents.

“We let our residents know as soon as we were aware that Somer Housing would be carrying out this work and using our car park.

“We have spoken to Somer Housing, which has assured us that it is using a specialist licensed asbestos contractor to remove asbestos from the site.

“The contractor assured Somer that the skip is only unlocked when empty and locked when materials are put into it.

“Somer carried out a site audit on June 13 and is happy that the contractors meet all health and safety requirements.”

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