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Asbestos poses no risks to residents says council

PUBLISHED: 14:15 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 25 August 2010

A REPORT commissioned by the council has found that asbestos materials found in soil on a housing estate are unlikely to pose any significant risk to residents. =

A REPORT commissioned by the council has found that asbestos materials found in soil on a housing estate are "unlikely" to pose any significant risk to residents.

Specialist consultants working for Bexley council carried out the report on the Wallhouse Road Estate in Slade Green.

Announcing the results last Friday the council has decided not to declare any land on the estate as contaminated.

A spokesperson for the council said: "The council has worked closely with independent experts at every stage of the project and kept local people fully informed throughout.

"It has recently written to residents on the estate to let them know the results of the consultants' investigations.

"Residents whose houses and gardens were tested as part of the investigation will be given individual survey reports. The final report will be available to any resident on the estate who wishes to read it."

Exploratory work took place on the estate in early 2008 after a resident dug up asbestos in her back garden in 2007. More detailed and extensive investigative work started earlier this year. During the latest study, the council's specialist contractor took air samples from inside a number of houses on the estate, along with some soil samples, to check whether there was a risk from asbestos fibres inside the homes.

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