Asbestos testing could be coming to Beckenham High Street

A planning application has been lodged for a property on Beckenham High Street

A planning application has been lodged for a property on Beckenham High Street

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ASBESTOS testing could be coming to Beckenham High Street after a planning application was lodged to change a building’s usage.

Bromley Council has confirmed a submission has been received for a property on the road and is set for assessment.

A resident wrote in to the News Shopper with concerns that an asbestos testing plant may be constructed in a built-up and densely populated area.

The council said nothing has been decided and stated: "We can confirm that we have received a planning application for the refurbishment and extension of a property 182a High Street, Beckenham which includes a change of use.

"We will assess this application carefully and consider the planning merits before making our decision in the usual way.

"We note that the proposed business activity is one that would be monitored and enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which would ensure that health and safety regulations and guidelines are followed."

A council spokeswoman added the application was not for a plant that's sole setup was to work with the product, but there would be some testing on site.

She added it’s currently being considered and a committee is preparing to discuss the plans later this month.

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4:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

right-writes says...

Surely the amount of concern, should reflect the kind of asbestos that is being tested...

If it is brown or blue asbestos, the utmost care should be taken as fibres from these variants are responsible for all cases of the rare disease, asbestosis which can frequently lead to mesothelioma a lethal form of lung cancer. As far as I know, these substances have been banned for a very long time, and there can't be much of it around these days.

If it is the white asbestos, which is a very useful product (now banned) that has been used mixed with white cement or gypsum and used as roofing tiles, walls for garden buildings and garages, ceiling and wall coverings (artex) for many years, there is no need to worry, it is about as dangerous as rockwool, i.e. not very pleasant, but ejected very quickly by the body to no ill effect.

Any business that opens in the High Street that engages in this sort of activity should be as welcome as the pub shown in the picture.
Surely the amount of concern, should reflect the kind of asbestos that is being tested... If it is brown or blue asbestos, the utmost care should be taken as fibres from these variants are responsible for all cases of the rare disease, asbestosis which can frequently lead to mesothelioma a lethal form of lung cancer. As far as I know, these substances have been banned for a very long time, and there can't be much of it around these days. If it is the white asbestos, which is a very useful product (now banned) that has been used mixed with white cement or gypsum and used as roofing tiles, walls for garden buildings and garages, ceiling and wall coverings (artex) for many years, there is no need to worry, it is about as dangerous as rockwool, i.e. not very pleasant, but ejected very quickly by the body to no ill effect. Any business that opens in the High Street that engages in this sort of activity should be as welcome as the pub shown in the picture. right-writes
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11:38am Wed 5 Feb 14

Eagles_Man says...

AAAGH! ASBESTOS! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE! Etc. etc....
AAAGH! ASBESTOS! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE! Etc. etc.... Eagles_Man
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