Former Bromsgrove Council House could cost £750,000 to demolish because of asbestos

THE COST of demolishing the former Bromsgrove District Council House at Burcot Lane could be as high as £750,000 because of the amount of asbestos that needs removing.

The revelation came during a full council meeting on Wednesday (April 26) when Labour leader Coun Luke Mallett criticised the authority for not disclosing the figure earlier.

But Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Geoff Denaro said the £750,000 was the ‘worst case scenario’ and the authority would be looking to negate that cost, for example by working with an organisation interested in the land.

Coun Mallett, also standing as a Labour candidate in the forthcoming Worcestershire County Council election, said: “It is deeply troubling a decision was made to move to Parkside, at a huge cost to the taxpayer, based on a total absence of honesty or consideration of the real costs of exiting from the old Council House or indeed the running costs of keeping the building empty.

“The real profit from selling the land and old Council House could be next to nothing as a result of this failure by the Conservative cabinet.”

He called the move to Parkside a ‘vanity white elephant project’, adding hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money was potentially going to be wasted. He claimed by saving the cash from the Parkside move and the amount it could cost to demolish the former Council House, the old building could have been refurbished and a new sports hall provided at the leisure centre.

He concluded by calling for the matter to be referred to the Local Government Ombudsman for an investigation.

Coun Geoff Denaro said the reaction from Coun Mallett was premature as the council had still not decided what it was going to do with the site.

“Our officers are busy working hard, looking at what could be done with Burcot Lane and the best ways to mitigate any incurred expenditure.

“There will be a paper coming out about the Burcot Lane site in the next few weeks and it is then when we will sit down and look at all the options available to us.

“We have said before, rather than sell the land we may want to utilise it so it brings in a steady income over time, which could far outweigh the costs of demolition.”

The council came under fire in February when it was revealed the empty building at Burcot Lane had cost £126,000-a-year while it lay dormant and unoccupied.

Coun Denaro said in response a proportion of that figure was business rates which the authority would get back from central government.

Source: bromsgrovestandard.co.uk – website

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Asbestos found in rubbish piles dumped in Great Bromley sparking warning to fly-tippers

Piles of rubbish that were contaminated with Asbestos was dumped  in  Great Bromley

Tendring District Council teams were called to Park Road and Mary Lane North in Grat Bromley last week to clean up two serious incidents of fly-tipping.

Bosses said the small village, which is near Colchester, has been “blighted” by the crimes.

General waste and a significant amount of asbestos was discovered in the first pile in Park Road last Tuesday.

Specialist teams are to be brought in to tackle it and the council must fork out more than £3,000 to clear it away. No trace of asbestos was found in the second pile.

A hit team worked for most of the day to shovel the rubbish off the road and clear the carriageway.

Although the council workers checked through the two tips, there was no evidence available to suggest where they may have come from.

Chiefs are now urging anyone living in the area who may have seen who dumped the rubbish to come forward with information.

The council’s cabinet member for environment, Michael Talbot, said: “If we can find out who was responsible for these incidents – and prove it – we will not hesitate to prosecute them,” he said.

“If anyone saw anything suspicious or actually saw the waste being dumped, or may know where it has come from, please contact us immediately.”

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison if convicted in court.

The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison if convicted in a crown court.

Fixed penalty notices between £150 and £400 can also be imposed.

Vehicles and their contents may also be seized because of suspected involvement in fly tipping.

Source: http://www.eadt.co.uk

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Asbestos fly-tipped ‘in every corner’ of county

Potentially lethal asbestos has been found illegally dumped in “every corner” of a rural county, a council has said.

The toxic material has been fly-tipped “from Berwick to Alnwick and Bedlington to Hexham” in the past nine months, Northumberland County Council said.

In that time it has dealt with double the number of cases it handled the previous year.

Cabinet member Ian Swithenbank said it cost the authority more than £10,000.

If homeowners are unable to prove their hazardous waste has been removed by a registered operative they run “the real risk of being prosecuted if any dumped waste is traced back to them”, he said.

It is strong and fire retardant and was extensively used in older commercial buildings, homes and schools

The Asbestos Regulations 1969 imposed strict rules on dust exposure limits in factories and construction

Blue and brown asbestos, thought at the time to be more dangerous, was banned in the UK in 1985. White asbestos was banned in 1999

Exposure can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer, plural plaques and mesothelioma

“Fly-tipping on private land remains a significant problem for farmers and landowners who are left frustrated when they, the victims of this crime, are left to clear up dumped waste and pay for its disposal,” Mr Swithenbank said.

The asbestos found was mostly corrugated sheeting, once commonly used in old colliery houses, farms and commercial properties which have now been modernised, the council said.

There are strict rules concerning its removal and disposal by a licensed operator but “unscrupulous waste contractors” have been dumping it to save costs, the authority added.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk

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Technical Administrator – Birmingham Office

A vacancy has arisen for a Technical Administrator in our Halesowen office and will be primarily spent working alongside the existing Project Managers to co-ordinate and deliver asbestos services within the retail sector.

The role will comprise of:

  • Providing administrative support covering both planned and reactive asbestos works
  • Actively monitoring and updating the client portal for new requests while ensuring they are programmed in appropriately
  • Scheduling of analytical and asbestos surveys; liaising with our regional offices, booking appointments and monitoring report progress to ensure key performance indicators are met

The successful candidate will be required to contribute to effective team working and provide appropriate cover for colleagues as required as well as being capable of working independently when required.

Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel along with good levels of literacy are required. Previous experience in technical or project administration and/or knowledge of asbestos would be an advantage, although not essential, as full training will be provided.

The hours of work are 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday 0800 – 1630hrs.

The starting at £16,000 per annum (although negotiable if the successful candidate has  previous experience). The company also offers 22 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays. pension and company paid health and well.

To apply email: kracey@bradley-enviro.co.uk with a CV and cover letter.

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London hospital trust paid £1.3m in asbestos compensation

One of London’s largest health trusts has paid out more than £1.3 million in compensation to people who developed illnesses from asbestos while in hospital.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust – which runs two of London’s largest hospitals – has been hit with 20 legal claims since 2001, figures show.

The trust is just one of many London hospitals and health centres which contain the microscopic harmful minerals, commonly used in building materials for years.

Both of its major hospitals and six of its smaller community centres still contain asbestos and £3.9 million has been spent on removing it since 2001. The Standard contacted all London health authorities for figures of the compensation paid out for asbestos-related illnesses.

Of the trusts which replied, St Guy’s and South West London and St George’s NHS trust were the only others to have given payouts. The South West London trust received one legal claim due to illness relating to asbestos, and admitted three of their buildings still have the material.

Liz Darlison, consultant nurse and director of services at charity Mesothelioma UK, said she has “lost count” of the number of doctors and nurses with mesothelioma – a rare cancer which can be caused by asbestos.

She said: “It’s not just doctors and nurses but maintenance people and hospital workers generally.

“But it doesn’t matter what your background is or career pathway, whether you are a doctor, secretary or car mechanic, nobody expects to have a life-limiting disease.”The presence of asbestos in Guy’s Hospital – which was founded in the 18th century – has been known for some time.

Consultant anaesthetist Andrew Lawson, who was a medical student at St Guy’s Hospital, died aged 55 two years ago from mesothelioma..

He wrote in the Telegraph before he died: “It seems that, while at medical school, I was exposed to asbestos fibres in some part of the hospital (four other doctors and dentists from my era developed the disease; I am the only one surviving).”

But the Health and Safety Executive – the watchdog which monitors hospitals – said the fact London’s hospitals know exactly where their asbestos is suggests responsible management.

“Lots of buildings have asbestos,” a spokeswoman said. “If you want a building used as a work place then the duty holder has a duty to manage the asbestos.

“And sometimes it’s less risky to leave it in place. It only becomes harmful if the fibres are released in the atmosphere.”

Ms Darlison said: “As long as it’s not airborne, it’s allegedly not a risk. The problem is it’s so prevalent in the fabric of our buildings.

“We all know our public buildings, schools, colleges, hospitals have a lot of traffic and the traffic that goes through them does not always take care of the building, the banging of wheelchairs, the slamming of doors.

“The only long term solution is to have a strategy of removing it.” Other hospitals said no cases had been brought against them, although they shared figures of how much had been spent on removing the harmful material.

Figures revealed Camden and Islington’s NHS Trust manages 32 sites which have asbestos, with the organisation spending £525,091 on removal work since 2001 – including from St Pancras Hospital.

North London’s Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust said it has 54 sites which contain asbestos and has spent £105,000 getting rid of it.Three buildings owned by South West London and St George’s NHS Trust – including wards, offices, staff accommodation and hospital areas – have asbestos, while west London’s Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust says it owns 20 properties with the substance and has spent a total of £143,755 on removal work.

The HSE spokeswoman said most compensation claims date back to workers’ exposure decades ago and said someone who has an asbestos-related illness today would likely have contracted it around 30 to 40 years ago.

Asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers every year – more than the number killed on the road – and can be present in any building built before or refurbished before 2000.

It only becomes harmful when the materials containing asbestos is disturbed or damaged and the fibres are inhaled.

A spokesperson from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust said: “Guy’s and St Thomas’ is one of the largest trusts providing both hospital and community services from many sites.

“We have a major capital development programme each year, much of which involves carrying out renovations and developments within existing buildings. This will sometimes involve the removal of asbestos as part of these works.

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Source: http://www.standard.co.uk/

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Bradley Environmental – Shutdown Days

Bradley Environmental would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! 2016 has been an excellent year for Bradley Environmental.

New work contracts have meant that we have lots of new people working in the business. This will ensure that our commitment to delivering excellent customer service continues. We plan to continue our growth in 2017, with expansion plans into new areas and locations.

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Teacher, 68, died from asbestos exposure after builders removed the deadly fibres from classrooms while she taught lessons during her 30-year career

A former teacher died after being exposed to asbestos in schools, a coroner has ruled.

Sue Stephens, 68, worked as a teacher in Buckinghamshire for 30 years before retiring in 2008 to Crediton, Devon.

The grandmother was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, which can lie dormant for decades, in 2014 and died in June this year.

During the inquest, held at Exeter’s County Hall, the court heard that Sue had written a statement saying she recalled construction work being undertaken at another school and asbestos being removed by builders in the classrooms during lessons.

In the statement, she said: ‘Previously I had been very fit and well. This diagnosis came as an enormous shock to me and my family. My symptoms started around 18 months ago.’

She said at one school she used a staple gun to pin children’s work to the walls.

She said: ‘I would stand on a table to do this and it took around two hours. I did it one afternoon every fortnight and I believe I was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres.

‘I was never told it (the school) contained asbestos or to take extra care.’

Greater Devon coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland concluded that Sue died from industrial disease.

She said: ‘I’m satisfied Mrs Stephens was exposed to asbestos during her time as a teacher in schools in Buckinghamshire which underwent building repairs from the 90s upwards.

‘On the balance of probability, and noting the type of repairs at the time and the materials involved, I believe this led to fatal asbestos exposure.’

Prior to her death, Sue’s daughter, Lucie, launched a petition calling for the government to make it law to begin the removal of asbestos from all schools by 2028.

The petition has more than 9,000 signatures.

A Buckinghamshire County Council spokesman said: ‘We would like to express our sympathy to Sue Stephens’ family on their sad loss.

‘We are, however, unable to make any comment on individual cases.’

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Woman died of asbestos-related cancer ‘after inhaling dust from dad’s overalls as a child’

A woman died of an asbestos-related cancer which she may have contracted from dust on her father’s work overalls decades before as a child.

An inquest heard 59-year-old Julie Elizabeth Lawless, of Wrights Lane, Torquay, Devon died on New Year’s Eve 2015 from mesothelioma.

She had been diagnosed with the cancer ‘ linked to exposure to asbestos ‘ in September last year.

Torbay and South Devon coroner Ian Arrow recorded a narrative verdict at her inquest.

Mrs Lawless (nee Cowell) was described by her family as a ‘loving, caring and happy’ mother and grandmother by her family.

Mr Arrow said: “On the balance of probabilities Julie has been exposed to asbestos during her lifetime.

“I am satisfied she’s been exposed to asbestos dust in her family, in so far as her father’s dust on his overalls, or may have been exposed to dust at work. She died from mesothelioma.

“On the balance of probabilities she contracted it as a result of exposure to asbestos dust during her lifetime.”

The inquest heard from Mrs Lawless’ sister Elaine Cowell.

She said their father had been an engineer for BT and his job involved cutting cables lagged with asbestos.

“He would come home in uniform and flakes used to come off,” she said.

“His uniform was an all-in-one overall which he would stay in for an hour.”

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Job Vacancy – P401 Qualified Bulk Analyst – Halesowen

A new vacancy has arisen in our Halesowen office.

The successful candidate will hold the P401 qualification and have some previous UKAS accredited laboratory experience. The role involves the receipt and booking in of samples, the analysis of samples for fibre content, the reporting of analytical findings and compliance with quality requirements.

The successful candidate will also be client focussed, IT literate, have some administrative experience and be able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team.

The contracted hours of work are 37.5 per week, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm. Salary is negotiable depending on experience, plus company paid health care and the provision of a company pension, 22 days holiday plus 8 statutory bank holidays.

To apply for this vacancy please send a CV and covering letter to:

Kim Racey

HR Manager

Bradley Environmental

Parkway House

Wakefield Road

Ossett

WF5 9JD

Tel: 01924 274777

Fax: 01924 283620 E-mail: kracey@bradley-enviro.co.uk

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Daughter of Cradley Heath usherette who died from asbestos related cancer

Margaret worked as an usherttere in quinton’s classic cinema between 1975 and 1976 and Birmingham Hippadrome from 1976 until 1986.. Mrs Halls said: “Nothing will ever bring back my mum, but I really want to know how she could have come into contact with asbestos as the dangers were known back then and it is only right that her past employers are held to account for their negligent actions.

The heartbroken daughter of a former usherette from Cradley Heath is appealing to her mum’s ex-colleagues after she died from asbestos-related cancer. Lynne’s Halls’ mother Margaret Rose Edgington was 71 when she first became ill in 2012 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma the following year.

She died on September 8, 2014. Margaret worked as an usherette in Quinton’s Classic Cinema between 1975 and 1976 and Birmingham Hippodrome from 1976 until 1986. Mrs Halls said: “Nothing will ever bring back my mum, but I really want to know how she could have come into contact with asbestos as the dangers were known back.

Then and it is only right that her past employers are held to account for their negligent actions. “I’d be so grateful to anyone who worked with my mum or at Classic Cinema or Birmingham Hippodrome around that time to get in touch to help shed some light on how she would have been exposed to the substance.”

During her time at the Hippodrome, Margaret became friends with a colleague, Anne, and the two were pictured with Des O’Connor, who was appearing at the theatre at the time.

Mrs Halls added: “I’d particularly like to hear from Anne and it would mean a lot to my family and I if she could get in touch.

“Mum worked hard her whole life.

“We’re devastated to have lost her this way. If someone could just give us the answers we’re looking for we’d feel like we could better come to terms with our loss.”

Alida Coates, a specialist industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell said: “Margaret’s family have been left devastated at the loss of their mother.

“It was a complete shock to be told that her Margaret had a fatal asbestos illness.”

She added: “We are keen to speak to anyone who worked at or undertook refurbishment at Classic Cinema, Quinton or the Hippodrome during the period when Margaret was employed.

“Any information from people engaged in refurbishment or fellow colleagues or friends who worked alongside her could prove vital in securing the information we need to secure justice for Margaret and her family.”

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