asbestos discovery halts work to remove town's beach pool
to dismantle Burnham-On-Sea's beach boating pool has been dramatically
halted this week after asbestos was found in part of the landmark's
crumbling concrete structure.
landmark was due to have been fully removed by owners Sedgemoor
District Council, but Burnham-On-Sea.com learns workmen given
the task of taking away have been asked to halt the work after
the shock asbestos discovery.
has come as a big surprise," a senior spokesman for the council
who is close to the project confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com.
added: "A section of the eroded concrete structure near the
flag pole has been patched up in the past with a material that
is not dangerous when it is wet but the dust can cause a health
hazard, which is why the work has been halted in the short term."
work to remove the pool has therefore been delayed while investigations
take place to see how much of the material has been used."
hope to get a team with a digger down onto the beach over the
next week to investigate further."
was first to reveal
last summer that the landmark was in jeopardy after cash-strapped
Sedgemoor District Council said it was conducting a study into
the extent of the repairs needed to retain it.
councillors voted in December to get the pool removed due to costly
repairs and safety concerns - and the council
admitted last month
that the bill to tax payers of demolishing it would be a huge
pool, built in the 1920s, was given to Burnham by members of the
Braithwaite family, who constructed it to mark the safe return
of their five sons from the Great War.