People told ‘don’t panic’ over asbestos in Northampton’s public buildings

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OFFICIALS from Northampton Borough Council have reassured members of the public they should have no fear about the safety of public buildings in the town after the authority published a register showing more than 100 contained asbestos.

Details have been released by the council of 128 buildings spread across the town which contain traces of asbestos.

The register was released by the authority following a request made under the Freedom of Information Act by a member of the public.

Buildings included on the register include the Guildhall, the Greyfriars bus station, the museum in Guildhall Road and a number of the town’s community centres.

But the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Tim Hadland (Con, Old Duston) said the substance was not dangerous as long as it was not disturbed.

He said: “Every commercial property owner, including the council, has to keep a register of which of its buildings contain asbestos and where the material is located.

“This means that when contractors such as builders, electricians or carpenters are working in a building they will know to take appropriate precautions.”

Asbestos can often be found in such things as gutters, shed roofs, doors and insulation panels.

It was widely used in buildings from the 1950s until the 1980s and is safe unless it is damaged or disturbed.

Other buildings which the council’s asbestos register show contain the substance include Abington Community Centre, Bellinge Community Centre, Duston Community Centre, Rectory Farm Community Centre, Spencer Community Centre, Briar Hill Community Centre, Delapre Abbey, the Mayorhold car park, St John’s multi storey car park, the chapel at Towcester Road Cemetery and various buildings at the council depot in Westbridge, St James.