Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:18

Somerset parents reassured after Asbestos pollution fears

Parents at a school near Wells have been told there is no danger to their children, from asbestos pollution, during neighbouring demolition work.

Work is being carried out in Wookey to remove the roof of a barn, prior to conversion into a bungalow. The property in Castle Lane is next to the rear entrance to Wookey School. When concerns were raised both the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Mendip District Council's Environmental Health department were contacted.

Building contractors HHP Ltd are contracted to carry out the work and called in specialist waste contractors A J Davis Demolition to handle the job of removing the roof, because it was suspected that due to the age of the structure there might be asbestos in the cement panels that made it up.

Locals became concerned about the demolition work, saying that they were worried that dust from the site could carry into the school playground or access roads.

Wookey School head teacher Andrew Marsh investigated the work, quizzing the contractors on site. He said: "The health and safety of our pupils and staff is always paramount. At the start of the day we made the decision to keep the children indoors as a precaution. However, we have spoken to the contractor and the HSE and been reassured that there is no issue for the school from the nearby demolition work and expect all children to attend school as usual."

Andy Ham, managing director of HHP said that all the necessary safety measures had been carried out during the removal of the roof panels.

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