York & North Yorkshire

Asbestos found in properties in York estate

Image caption Work to remove the asbestos will start in May

Asbestos material found in council properties in York is to be removed over the coming months after it was badly damaged by the winter weather.

Council officers discovered the asbestos during maintenance inspections of properties in the Nunnery Lane estate.

The work is to be carried out in May, June and July by an appointed company.

Residents are being instructed to keep their windows closed as the work is carried out.

A council surveyor will be visiting the street affected and giving residents an outline of how the work will be carried out.

Steve Waddington, assistant director of housing and public protection at City of York Council, said: "One of the safety precautions already in place are regular air sample tests, which were carried out immediately once the asbestos was found and again once this was removed - these found there to be no risk to the public.

"Regular air tests will continue to be made whilst works are being carried out."

Mr Waddington said the next stage would involve scaffolding being erected to allow work to take place.

He added: "Once the scaffolding is in place, works will then be carried out to safely remove the asbestos from the exterior soffits [underside of roof eves].

"Whilst these works are being carried out, residents have been asked that as a precaution they keep their windows closed.

"During this time, waste will not be kept on site overnight and all plant and equipment will be behind full security fencing."

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