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HSE moves to allay asbestos fears from historic pub demolition

PUBLISHED: 13:29 27 October 2016

The Battle of Britain pub before demolition began

The Battle of Britain pub before demolition began

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Residents have expressed concerns that the demolition could have created a health risk

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has moved to allay fears of a risk to public health from asbestos following the demolition of a historic pub in Northfleet.

Residents had expressed fears that the demolition of the Battle of Britain, on Coldharbour Road, could pose a health risk, as the material - which was once widely used for insulation - is known to be hazardous.

Asbestos-linked conditions include lung cancer and other serious diseases of the respiratory system.

But a spokesperson for the HSE said “We have followed up on concerns about the asbestos and are satisfied the dutyholder has managed the risk from asbestos appropriately.”

Earlier this week, the council admitted that the pub’s demolition was illegal after developer Caldecott Group began work without receiving planning consent.

A spokesman said they were in violation of a number of planning regulations, and that commencement “cannot be retrospectively validated or ratified”.

“Failure to give the required notice before commencing the work, or to obtain prior approval where required, renders the entire operation unlawful,” he continued.

“It cannot then be permitted development and the Prior Notification Application should be refused.”

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