64 out of 70 Pembrokeshire schools have asbestos

Sixty four of Pembrokeshire's 70 schools contain some asbestos - but Pembrokeshire County Council will not curently say which schools they are.

The figure was revealed following a question from county councillor David Bryan, prompted by the recent closure of Cwmcarn High School, in Caerphilly, due to asbestos.

Pembrokeshire County Council's cabinet member for education, Huw George, told councillors at the meeting of full council last Thursday that the Health and Safety Executive recommended that asbestos products should be left in place, providing they were in good condition, and should be subsequently managed.

He said that the schools' premises managers had a duty to ensure that all staff and visitors to the school were given information regarding the asbestos management procedure.

He added that the council had robust systems in place for the management and regulation of asbestos containing material in all Pembrokeshire schools.

Cllr George said he was disinclined to name the schools containing asbestos.

"I'm concerned about scaremongering", he said.

"Im reluctant to go public on which schools. Levels of asbestos are different from school to school".

Cllr George said he would go back to the director of education and social services and discuss whether the schools should be named.

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2:25pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Rockface says...

And yet again Cllr Huw George is not playing the transparency game with the public. However, 64/70 is stating the bleeding obvious! Scaremongering? Tut!
And yet again Cllr Huw George is not playing the transparency game with the public. However, 64/70 is stating the bleeding obvious! Scaremongering? Tut! Rockface
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2:28pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Rockface says...

PS... perhaps PCC should publish the schools concerned and the levels of asbestos on their website... as I am sure Cllr George would agree, the public have a right to know this information!
PS... perhaps PCC should publish the schools concerned and the levels of asbestos on their website... as I am sure Cllr George would agree, the public have a right to know this information! Rockface
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12:27am Thu 20 Dec 12

harfordboy says...

Maybe as responsible parents we shouldn't send our kids into areas that may contain asbestos until the council provide us with the information proving it is safe to do so.
Maybe as responsible parents we shouldn't send our kids into areas that may contain asbestos until the council provide us with the information proving it is safe to do so. harfordboy
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12:12pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Rockface says...

harfordboy wrote:
Maybe as responsible parents we shouldn't send our kids into areas that may contain asbestos until the council provide us with the information proving it is safe to do so.
The six schools that do not have asbestos are probably the ones that have recently been built... so if your children go to these schools they are safe... if not, who knows!
[quote][p][bold]harfordboy[/bold] wrote: Maybe as responsible parents we shouldn't send our kids into areas that may contain asbestos until the council provide us with the information proving it is safe to do so.[/p][/quote]The six schools that do not have asbestos are probably the ones that have recently been built... so if your children go to these schools they are safe... if not, who knows! Rockface
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