Lincolshire council issues asbestos warning

North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) has issued safety advice to its tenants over asbestos that may be present in their homes.

The move comes after guidance from the Healthy and Safety Executive.

A council spokesperson said most homes in private and public ownership contained asbestos, especially those built in the 60s and 70s.

But tenants were reassured the presence of asbestos itself was low risk unless the material was damaged.

Conservative Councillor Stewart Ogden, executive member for housing at NKDC, said: "The presence of asbestos in housing is nothing unusual, in fact it is to be expected.

"By notifying tenants of the potential presence of asbestos in their homes, we hope to reiterate the need to exercise caution and contact the council in all cases where minor improvements could disturb the material."

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