Contractors have discovered the presence of asbestos at a former school site in Clydebank, Scotland, after carrying out a routine investigation.
The site used to be the home of St Eunan’s Primary school and, although the building was demolished in 2011, locals still have access to the area, as some have used it as a short cut ever since the surrounding fence was broken. West Dunbartonshire Council is now warning people to stay out of the grounds due to the discovery, reports bbc.co.uk.
In order to prevent people re-accessing the site, the fence is also being repaired. Signs will also be put up to warn people of the asbestos, which is currently being removed. The council is also investigating where the dangerous material came from, reports clydebankpost.co.uk.
Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, convener of infrastructure and regeneration, said the public’s safety was the council’s first concern, which is why it wanted to make people aware of the dangers as quickly as possible.
“Signage has been ordered and will be erected immediately,” he stated. “We would ask that people respect this advice and do not access the site. The asbestos found on the ground is being removed and the council is awaiting further detailed reports on this occurrence. We will take further action as required.”
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