Asbestos has been found in the Bullnose area of St Andrew’s Dock in Hull, forcing the council to close it off to the public.
The discovery was made by staff during demolition work – part of a £50,000 Hull City Council development on the iconic Lord Line building. The owner of the building, Manor Property Group, had ignored several repair notices.
Now, the council has taken immediate action by closing the dock’s key access routes and requesting that people avoid the site until further notice, itv.com reports. The public footpath running alongside the riverfront which provides access to Subway Street will be reopened as soon as the all clear is given.
Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “The council has had no other choice but to step in and restrict access to the site immediately, as the safety of the public is paramount.”
Meanwhile, Jerry Thompson of the Bullnose Memorial Group has expressed his concern over the discovery after revealing to hulldailymail.co.uk that he worked on the buildings last year as part of maintenance work.
“We are shocked by this and people want access to the site as the ashes of loved ones are scattered down there,” he said. “We just hope the matter is resolved as soon as possible.”
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