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Clydebank Council urged to tackle asbestos

17 July 2017

Clydeside Action on Asbestos (CAA) and Jackie Baillie MSP have urged the Clydebank Council to continue work to remove asbestos in schools and other public buildings.

Their appeals were reported by the Clydebank Post in an article that revealed a total of 26 schools in the Clydebank and north-west Glasgow area had asbestos in them., along with most older buildings.

Ms Baillie was reported as saying: "Clydebank was once knwon as the asbestos capital of Europe as a result of our shipbuilding heritage and heavy industry.

"Local people know as well as anyone that we need to do everything possible to protect future generations from the risks of the deadly substance."

She urged the SNP-led council to continue the work of the previous Labour administration to replace or refurbish schools.

CAA group manager Phyllis Craig said it wants to raise awareness of Scots still exposed to asbestos in public buildings.

While acknowledging that removing the material from all public buildings "would be a mammoth and costly task", Ms Craig emphasised the need to manage asbestos "with the utmost responsibility and care".

"It is a shocking reality that more than 1,500 schools and nurseries in Scotland contain asbestos," she continued.

"Our priority is to see asbestos removed from all schools and nurseries in Scotland by 2040," said Ms Craig.

Replying to the calls, a Glasgow City Council spokesperson said there is a "robust management programme in place" and close cooperation was continuing with the Health and Safety Executive to ensure safety in all buildings.

"The management of asbestos within occupied buildings is a complex arena, and whilst there are times where removal is appropriate, it is also true that on many occasions, asbestos is safer when left alone and managed appropriately.

"Asbestos that remains undisturbed presents no risk," said the spokesperson.

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