The steady decline of a great historic pier

Fears that asbestos from Colwyn Bay pier could contaminate beach

Concerns have been voiced that the continued deterioration of the derelict Grade II-listed Colwyn Bay pier could lead to the beach becoming contaminated with asbestos, due to sheeting made from the lethal substance having been used in the construction of the main pavilion in the 1930s.

A report by Conwy County Borough Council said that the pier being hit by bad weather could cause the sheeting to break up, and that the structure should be dismantled as soon as possible. While the council owns the pier and approved plans to dismantle it in July, work cannot start until the go-ahead has also been given by the Welsh Government.

The steady decline of a great historic pier

The council is also unable to act on its plans until it has secured a marine licence from environmental body Natural Resources Wales (NRW), and fears that adverse weather may begin to hit the pier before this permission has been obtained.

The pier was first opened in 1900, but started to decline from the late 1980s and eventually closed in 2008. The structure began to collapse in February, with council engineers stating that the collapse of the sea end had weakened other sections. Parts of the pier have already been demolished as a safety measure.

Council warns of “rapidly deteriorating structure” 

According to an internal council report, released to BBC Wales as a result of a Freedom of Information request, “the strong impression remains of a rapidly deteriorating structure. The external walls of the pavilion were in a very poor condition when the deck was accessed some three to four years ago. It is surprising that they have not yet failed under wind load.

“If the walls fail, then a dominant opening would form, significantly increasing the wind pressure within the pavilion, leading to a high risk of the asbestos cement sheets being lost from the structure.”

With the asbestos sheeting having been known since its identification in a 2012 survey of the pier, the report added that the council had been considering how to clean the beach in the event of the pavilion’s collapse.

The Welsh Government said that it was assessing an application to dismantle the pier, while NRW confirmed it had received a marine licence application in relation to Colwyn Bay pier that was currently out to consultation. The body added that it “would consider any request to fast track a permit on a case by case basis.”

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Here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, we will certainly await with interest any further news on the fate of Colwyn Bay pier and what measures are taken to ensure the safe removal of any asbestos posing a danger to human health.

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Asbestos left “where children play”

ITV News investigation reveals scale of problem of illegally dumped asbestos

While there are no asbestos removal companies that will be shocked by talk of fly-tipping of the lethal substance becoming an ever-more pressing problem, it is nonetheless vital to increase public awareness of the issue.

That’s why it interested us to read a recent ITV News report indicating that illegally dumped asbestos remains as widespread and dangerous as ever.

Asbestos left “where children play”

ITV News’ Consumer Editor Chris Choi has claimed that there is evidence of asbestos continuing to be left in places where it could greatly imperil human health, including “in places where children play and the public walk.”

He continued: “We have established that it is being unlawfully disposed of in parks, on footpaths, churchyards and near schools. Often, it is being dumped on an industrial scale by criminal gangs. Other cases are small scale domestic rubbish, but whatever the source, there is a clear danger.”

The report added that in response to freedom of information requests by ITV News, it was revealed that there had already been 3,222 asbestos fly-tipping incidents in 2017 – an about 14% rise over the last three years.

Despite most councils claiming to target the removal of an asbestos-contaminated site within five days, and some councils achieving this, Choi said that the potentially fatal fibres were not removed for up to three months in some cases.

He added that the cost each year of dealing with illegally dumped asbestos had now surpassed the £1 million mark.

Samples show a wide range of dumped asbestos

As part of its investigations, ITV News asked an expert in toxic waste to analyse samples taken from an illegal mega-dump at Colnbrook near Heathrow.

He found that this one site alone was home to at least five different examples of asbestos, ranging from a corrugated roof sheet and an asbestos insulating board to an asbestos fireplace, an asbestos fire surround and an asbestos cement sheet.

The evidence seems compelling: there simply must be much more done to ensure swift and safe asbestos removal and in the process, better guard the health of those who may inadvertently come into contact with its extremely harmful fibres.

Calls for a “new streamlined system”

A Local Government Association spokesperson commented in response to ITV News’ findings: “Dumping a toxic substance is the height of selfishness and stupidity… We need a new streamlined system which helps councils – one that is nimble, flexible and effective. Not only does fly-tipping create an eyesore for residents, it is also a serious public health risk, especially with toxic waste.”

Meanwhile, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs commented:  “Fly-tipping is an unacceptable blight on our landscape, which is why we have cracked down on offenders by strengthening sentencing guidelines and giving councils the powers to hand out on-the-spot fines to fly-tippers.

“We have made it easier for vehicles suspected of being used for fly-tipping to be stopped, searched and seized and will continue to work with local partners to stop this inexcusable crime.”

Whatever your own views on how the ongoing threat of dumped asbestos on such sites continues to be handled, there can be little doubt that there is much more work to do. Don’t hesitate to contact Trident Asbestos Solutions today if you wish to take advantage of our in-depth expertise in safe, thorough and cost-effective asbestos removal at your own premises.





A promising project hampered by asbestos

Wolverhampton Civic Halls refurbishment hit as more asbestos is discovered

Asbestos is a lethal substance with the potential to cause lung cancer decades after the sufferer’s inhalation of the fibres. It therefore pays for businesses refurbishing vintage buildings to thoroughly examine them for any signs of asbestos, which has recently surfaced in Wolverhampton.

A promising project hampered by asbestos

The West Midlands city’s Civic Halls – consisting of the Civic Hall and the Wulfrun Hall – are currently undergoing a £14.4 million refurbishment initiated by the City of Wolverhampton Council. Top stars including Jimmy Carr and Russell Brand are already lined up for performances at the cultural hotspot.

However, the council has recently revealed that the refurbishment’s estimated completion date could be pushed beyond the previously cited October 2018. While this can be attributed partly to “additional works that need addressing”, the discovery of asbestos has also been cited as being to blame.

An inconvenient find ahead of a temporary reopening

Almost £500,000 was spent on removing asbestos from the Grade II-listed building before the refurbishment work commenced last year. Nonetheless, according to a spokesman for the council, “a further small amount of asbestos has also been discovered”.

He added: “Asbestos specialists have confirmed there is no risk, nor has there ever been a risk to public health, and action is being taken to treat the affected areas before the halls temporarily reopen.” Shows are currently booked for between 21st October this year and 2nd January 2018.

Acts that Wolverhampton locals can expect to see at the Civic Halls during that period include John Bishop, Greg Davies, The Charlatans and Marilyn Manson. Nonetheless, the refurbishment will see the total capacity grow to nearly 5,000, providing an ideal space for further big name performers.

We can help contractors to determine the presence of asbestos

The council has been wise to dispel any fears that this recently-found asbestos might have endangered public health – and also prepare to have the potentially toxic substance removed.

Here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, we can help to protect public health and ensure that asbestos removal contractors are undertaking their duties in accordance with current guidelines and to current standards. We can also assist contractors with our site audits for asbestos removal contractors. Get in touch with us today to learn more about the difference our highly qualified and experienced professionals can make to the safety of your premises, as well as to receive the most competitive quote.


“No impact on the new school”

Asbestos discovery at Scottish primary school won’t delay new term

Langlee Primary School in Galashiels, in the Borders region of Scotland, is set to commence its 2016/17 term this month in a new building, despite asbestos having been found in the institution’s old buildings, delaying their demolition.

Contractors responsible for levelling the old school are reported by local newspaper, the Southern Reporter, to have found more of the lethal substance than they had anticipated. However, Scottish Borders Council has said that pupils will still start their term in the new building on Wednesday 16th August, as originally planned.

This start date – also applicable to the other primary school in the region in Duns – is one day after the rest of the Borders, to give teachers time to prepare their new classrooms for the coming academic year.

“No impact on the new school”

While there were plans for the site of the former Langlee Primary School building to be landscaped before the new one was opened, this was already so tightly scheduled that pupils had been given an additional day off at the beginning of the summer holiday to allow for the completion of the work.

It means that with the news of the recent asbestos discovery, parents have voiced concerns as to whether the start date for the new term will be moved back.

Speculation that another week would be needed to ensure the safety of the site was dismissed by a spokesperson for the authority, who commented: “Some additional asbestos has been discovered in the former Langlee Primary School following intrusive works, which means the demolition of the old building will take slightly longer than originally scheduled.

“However, there will be no impact on the new school, with the deconstruction of the old school taking place in a safe and controlled manner and managed appropriately.”

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We have offices across the UK – including in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Durham, Leeds, Birmingham and London – so please contact our team today about to learn more about the complete expertise that we can provide in the testing for and removal of this highly dangerous substance.




‘Lives at risk’ due to asbestos at former Essex bingo hall

‘Lives at risk’ due to asbestos at former Essex bingo hall

A builder has warned that public health is being imperilled by the presence of discarded asbestos at a disused Basildon bingo hall, in another development that helps to draw attention to the continued pressing need for the highest standard of asbestos awareness training across the UK.

Local authority warned three times about fibres

35-year-old construction manager Dal Herbert said he spotted the lethal substance at the side of the one-time Gala Bingo building in High Road, Pitsea, while on his way to the shops. He said to Essex-based newspaper The Echo that it appeared developers had pulled down the building’s ceiling to attempt to prevent it from falling, unaware that dangerous asbestos was being exposed as a result.

Mr Herbert said that he had got in touch three times over a several-week period with Basildon Council, which, it has since emerged, had ordered that the suspended ceiling be removed.

He commented: “Someone had pulled down the ceiling of the building, obviously trying to make it safer, but not knowing asbestos was there.

“I alerted environmental health at Basildon Council three times, but I was told it wasn’t their problem as it’s a private property.”

He expressed particular concern for the health of users of a bus stop in front of the building, adding: “There’s hundreds of people using that bus stop and everyone is oblivious. It’s very dangerous.

“Asbestos causes lung cancer and the symptoms don’t show for 20 to 30 years. You breathe in the fibres and they hook into your lungs.”

“If nothing is done it’ll be like the Grenfell Tower fire”

Similar sentiments were voiced by Hiren Dave, the owner of Shiv Food and Wine on Pitsea Broadway, who said: “Dal has warned me about it. He told me to make sure I tell people – especially old people because they always use the bus stop.

“If nothing is done it’ll be like the Grenfell Tower fire and it’ll be too late to do anything.”

According to The Echo, a Basildon Council spokesman has since confirmed that the local authority’s building control team asked the owner of the building to remove a suspended ceiling on the grounds of it being “in a dangerous state”.

The spokesman added: “It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure the building is safe and any debris is disposed of responsibly.”

Such news of exposed asbestos fibres on a sensitive site like this – particularly so close to a frequently used bus stop – alarmed our team here at Trident Asbestos Solutions as much as it alarmed Mr Herbert and, we are sure, many of the users of our services.

Contact our team today for more information about the difference that our asbestos awareness training could make to your own team’s ability to identify and appropriately tackle asbestos on the sites for which it has responsibility.

Precaution taken, but asbestos “safe” and “undisturbed”

‘Structural issue’ at Bristol music venue prompts asbestos fears

A choir was forced to switch venue at late notice on a Saturday night after part of the main hall’s ceiling at Colston Hall in Bristol “fell off”, according to reports, amid fears about the dangers posed by possible asbestos in the building.

The Gurt Lush Choir was set to perform ‘Sex, Death and Poultry’ on 8th July, but had to move the event to Bristol University’s Wills Memorial Building after the unexpected incident.

An article in the Bristol Post said it understood that the affected section of the ceiling had collapsed on Friday night, rendering the space unusable. Choir member Nicola Harwin said there were fears that the crumbled section could contain asbestos.

Precaution taken, but asbestos “safe” and “undisturbed”

Ms Harwin, speaking on BBC Radio Bristol, commented: “As far as I can understand it a piece of ceiling has fallen off and there are concerns about whether there might be some asbestos or something.”

The Bristol music venue then issued a statement on Monday, clarifying: “The change of location was due to an unexpected minor structural issue in the main hall at Colston Hall.

“Over the weekend a small fracture in the ceiling of the main hall was identified and as we are aware of safe, undisturbed asbestos in the old part of the building we took the precaution to close the Hall for the evening as the safety of our visitors and performers is paramount.”

The venue added that it expected the issue to be resolved early in the week with no effect on any future shows.

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If you have responsibility for similar premises to Colston Hall and wish to take advantage of asbestos management services that you can trust, we would be delighted to hear from you here at Trident Asbestos Solutions.

While the incident at Colston Hall appears to have passed without harm, it is crucial to be vigilant about the potential presence or risk of asbestos and how to appropriately manage it in your own building.

Contact Trident Asbestos Solutions’ renowned asbestos consultants today, and we can take swift and professional action at your own property to help to give you the utmost peace of mind.





Mesothelioma is notorious for developing late


Even four decades after asbestos exposure, the risk of mesothelioma continues to go up

Anyone with any experience in the discovery and removal of asbestos will be aware of the lethal cancer of the lung lining, mesothelioma, which is strongly associated with exposure to the now-banned fibres and is almost always fatal. Nor are people in the UK ceasing to die from the disease, long after the era when asbestos was widely used, as shown by Health and Safety Executive statistics from 2014 showing 2,515 deaths.

Now, a new study has been published in the journal Lung Cancer that shows even those who have not come into contact with asbestos for 40 years are still seeing their risk for the condition rise. Such individuals are almost three times more likely to develop the disease than those for whom exposure occurred just five years ago. Their risk is also higher than their counterparts exposed to the substance 30 years ago.

Mesothelioma is notorious for developing late

It is no secret that mesothelioma tends to have a long latency period, which means that those who come into contact with asbestos may not show their first symptoms of the disease for many decades afterwards. This may help to explain why there has been little sign of asbestos-induced diseases decreasing in prevalence in most European countries, despite the European Union (EU) having banned all types of asbestos.

Researchers at the Poland-based Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine set out to analyse the relationship between when workers were last exposed to asbestos and their subsequent risk of developing mesothelioma, in a population of participants who had been exposed to the substance at some point in time.

They found that workers exposed 40 years ago were 2.68 times more likely to develop mesothelioma than those who had encountered asbestos 35 years later. Of the different types of asbestos, crocidolite – often known as blue asbestos – was associated with a significantly higher mesothelioma risk.

The chances of developing the disease were also greater for those who had been exposed to asbestos for a longer time period, with those who had been in contact with it for four decades being 2.79 times more likely to develop the condition than those exposed to it for only one year. This was the case even when adjustments were made for such factors as birth year, gender, the amount of exposure and the time that had passed since they were last exposed.

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The Stockton Globe has a rich history

Former Teesside theatre ‘still on track for 2018 reopening’, despite the need to remove asbestos

With one our offices being located in nearby Sunderland and Durham, it’s fair to say that here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, we have a certain affection for the Teesside area. We were therefore pleased to learn that despite the enforced removal of asbestos from a historic former theatre in the area, the venue is apparently still on target to reopen as planned in the winter of 2018-19.

The Stockton Globe has a rich history

The Grade II listed Art Deco theatre situated at the north-western end of the High Street in Stockton-on-Tees has hosted many famous acts down the years, ranging from Buddy Holly, Cilla Black and Status Quo to Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones and Cliff Richard. It closed in 1975, later reopening as a bingo venue before shutting its doors again in 1997.

Efforts to reopen the Globe as an entertainment venue have been stop-start down the years, with a planned 2012 reopening also being missed. The latest plans are for the building to be brought back to life as a live music and comedy venue by The Globe Stockton Foundation, a partnership between Stockton Council and the owners of the building, Jomast.

Venue still set to reopen “as quickly as possible”

£300,000 is being spent on the removal of asbestos in the roof void of the building, with the process expected to take 10 weeks.

A council spokeswoman commented: “The council is working hard to ensure the Globe can reopen as quickly as possible and that’s why we have been carrying out surveys and investigative works, as well as making the building watertight and safe.

“As part of this, areas containing asbestos have been identified and at the moment, specialist contractors are removing this from the building.

“We are now at the last stages of these preparatory works ahead of the final Heritage Lottery Fund decision, which is expected in the summer.”

Contact us about the removal of asbestos

Here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, we are aware that the project has been hit by a series of delays – including protracted wrangling over grant funding – but are hopeful and excited about the prospects for a successful restoration and future for this celebrated entertainment venue.

If you are concerned about the potential presence of asbestos fibres in a building for which you have responsibility, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts, who can carry out relevant surveying and if needed, the complete removal of asbestos.




Upminster fly-tipper given suspended jail sentence

Upminster fly-tipper given suspended jail sentence for dumping asbestos waste

A recent article that we spotted in the Newham Recorder was, we thought, another good illustration among many of the various problems that can be caused by dumped asbestos, which specialist asbestos removal contractors often have to take considerable care to clear up.

The story concerned a fly-tipper from Upminster, east London, who dumped 36 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated waste on a street in the Newham neighbourhood of Beckton. For this, the 26-year-old was handed a suspended jail sentence.

Offences supported a £400-a-week cocaine habit

Stuart Beattie dumped the dangerous rubble in two separate spots on Eric Clarke Lane in March this year, with the court hearing that he required the money from fly-tipping to support his £400-a-week cocaine habit. His actions forced the closure of the road and the diversion of buses, while the entrance to children’s riding stables was also blocked.

Last month, he admitted fly-tipping at Thames Magistrates Court. The seriousness of the offence led the case then being transferred to Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The judge took into account Beattie’s admission and cooperation with a drug rehabilitation order to tackle his addiction in handing him a two-year suspended jail sentence. He was also convicted of driving offences on the basis of the four-axle dumper truck he used being found to be unsafe, uninsured and used without a waste carrier’s licence.

Beattie’s punishment also included a £1,900 fine and an order to pay Newham Council £2,500 in compensation.

A very serious offence, but was the punishment heavy enough?

Councillor Forhad Hussain, cabinet member for crime and anti-social behaviour at Newham Council, expressed his disappointment with the sentence. He told the Recorder: “In this case it cost the council over £8,000 just to clear the mess, that’s without the cost of the investigation, surveillance and man hours to bring the case to court.

“The £2,500 compensation simply doesn’t cover the costs – and it’s Newham Council tax payers who will have to pick up the tab.

“This is an extremely disappointing result for Newham and its residents… the courts must make the penalty fit the crime. Fly-tipping on this scale is big business, with big profits.”

We would struggle to disagree with Mr Hussain’s assessment here at Trident Asbestos Solutions. Too few people realise the important role of asbestos removal contractors’ work in safely clearing away and disposing of asbestos when it has been illegally dumped.

By contacting our team today, you can receive guidance related to any worries about you may have about asbestos that may require the attention of our suitably experienced and qualified professionals.



Hundreds of public buildings may contain asbestos


Asbestos in Scottish schools condemned as ‘health time bomb’

Medical and legal experts have said that a health “time bomb” has been created by the use of asbestos in Scotland’s schools, as increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with conditions related to the lethal fibres.

Hundreds of public buildings may contain asbestos

Among the experts to have weighed in on the pressing asbestos debate in Scotland is Edinburgh-based occupational hygienist Robin Howie, who has said that there could be “significant asbestos content” in hundreds of public buildings.

He added that among the heightening numbers of people expected to live into their 80s or older, more and more men will survive for long enough to develop the asbestos-related lung disease mesothelioma, instead of dying earlier from other illnesses, as previous generations did.

Mr Howie has predicted that there will be around 130,000 male mesothelioma deaths in Britain between 2014 and 2049, compared to the 50,000 recorded between 1969 and 2014.

As he stated to an asbestos conference in Glasgow: “This is not going away. We are not even at the beginning of the end. And at some point, the government of the day are going to have to face it.”

Too many unnecessary deaths due to school-based asbestos

Scotland presently has the highest global incidence of mesothelioma, according to the University of Glasgow, which said that 175 cases had been diagnosed in 2014.

Just one of the many sad examples is the case of Sandra Naylor, who died from the condition in 2014, aged 52. It is thought that she developed the disease as a result of exposure to asbestos dust during her time as a pupil at Caldervale High School in Airdrie in the 1970s.

Her husband, Iain, is now calling for all prospective councillors to prioritise the issue.

He commented: “We were so upset at the diagnosis because we couldn’t understand how she was exposed. Sandra didn’t work in heavy industries or anything like that.

“I lost my wife because she was a pupil in a school full of asbestos. How could that happen? How many others have been affected?”

Contact Trident Asbestos Solutions now about our services and advice on asbestos removal.

With Laura Blane, a partner with Thompsons Solicitors, having described the situation of asbestos in Scottish schools as “an enormous ticking time bomb”, the need for the most appropriate asbestos removal services for public buildings throughout the UK has surely never been clearer.

Talk to the Trident Asbestos Solutions team now about the services that we can provide to give you vital peace of mind when you have responsibility for a building that you suspect may contain the often fatally harmful substance.




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