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Breakers smashing up Asbestos roofing on Lock Up Garages

Reported anonymously at 09:53, Mon 19 February 2018

Sent to Kingston upon Thames Borough Council 2 minutes later

At the end of Shrewsbury Close, KT^ there is a small compound of lock up garages. These garages have been taken over for commercial use by a small House Clearance company. On Saturday morning 17th February builder/roofers began smashing up these asbestos roof panels with a sledgehammer and throwing them to the ground without wearing any PPE clothing and with no regard whatsoever to health and safety of the surrounding residents. This is simply UNACCEPTABLE. The garage compound is surrounded on four sides by residential properties and the builders had no regard whatsoever for their own health and safety or the health and safety of neighbours. The matter was reported immediately to Kingston upon Thames environmental health emergency number but they were simply not interested. As these garages are now under commercial use the removal of asbestos has to be done under strict control regulations. Get your finger out Kingston Council, get round to these garages and sort the issue out for the sake of the health and well being of neighbouring properties.

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  • Address is at the end of the close ( Shrewsubry Close KT6 ). Developers have screened and gated off entrance to the compound.

    Posted anonymously at 11:02, Mon 19 February 2018

  • What they are doing is illegal, if i was you call the police or escalate to the HSE-health and safety executive.

    Take photos.

    Posted anonymously at 11:08, Mon 19 February 2018

  • Of course the problem was not sorted. The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames simply do not care a jot about issues like this. Their environmental control offices close at 5.00 pm on a Friday night and all that is available is an emergency number you can call on a weekend. This number was called and was manned by a young lady who informed us that she know nothing about asbestos and could not help. The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames have cut costs so much that they now share control of issues such as environment, noise, pollution etc etc with Sutton Council. They no longer have the staff and resources to deal with issues such as this and are no more than useless. The garages concerned in the above issue have been taken over by a commercial venture ( House Clearance company ) and current legislation ( HSE guidelines ) dictates that as a commercial venture the company are responsible for correctly disposing of asbestos. Current HSE guidelines also state that it is the duty of the enforcing authority ( Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames ) to deal with any breach of law/legislation concerning the removal/disposal of asbestos. As per usual Kingston authority have let down their residents on this issue. The matter has been taken up by the local elected councillors who were appalled by the lack of action Kingston council but the damage has now been done as it were. Well done Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames for yet another failure.

    Posted anonymously at 13:40, Mon 19 March 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Of course nothing was done about the problem. The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames are totally incapable of dealing with issues like this. They would spend endless hours dealing with a problem concerning parking if it meant some kind of fine or extra revenue for the council's coffers. However when it comes to a serious issue which directly involves the health and safety of residents they simply do not care a jot and are incapable of responding or dealing with the issue.. They are utterly USELESS, USELESS, USELESS!!!!

    Posted anonymously at 16:36, Mon 16 April 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 09:37, Tue 15 May 2018

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