Letter to Christine Chapman Sobell Centre and Blaengwawr Comprehensive School
Posted by Lewis on the 11th November 2015
Christine Chapman Assembly Member
31st October 2015
Dear Ms. Chapman,
Reference: ASBESTOS REPORT for MICHAEL SOBELL SPORTS CENTRE
As I only had a response from Jackie Fox your PA/Office Manager to above reference, I am concerned at the response you received from Chris Bradshaw Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. I am assuming you have read the response yourself and again would like your comments regarding a building where the volume of asbestos dusts is/was so great it penetrated the exposed internal brickwork.
Your response from Chris Bradshaw references encapsulation claiming the asbestos was impractical to move, nothing is impractical its all down to cost in the long term. So what price is a life in Rhondda Cynon Taf? I am informed that one of the first senior managers who worked at the center made a claim for asbestos related illness, and I know of another person a staff member at the center who died from lung cancer it may not be related to the center but I believe you as a political representative of Cynon Valley should be asking questions.
You would be aware the Labour controlled Assembly said asbestos control is the responsibility of local authorities and not a devolved and the responsibility of the Welsh government an opinion contrary to central government in London.
Blaengwawr Comprehensive School
I am now informed but I don’t know if it is correct that there were large amounts of asbestos in Blaengwawr Comprehensive School, as you are aware this school has been closed and pupils and staff transferred to the new school at Aberdare. As my two sons and many friends attended worked at the school I am concerned at this new information as the school was built in 1974 when a large volume of asbestos was used in the construction industry.
As I said I am concerned therefore I requested a comprehensive freedom of information request for Blaengwawr Comprehensive School from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council copy below.
Ø The date when the local authorities were first made aware asbestos was in the building?
Ø A copy of the first asbestos survey of the building?
Ø Following the first survey what steps were taken to protect the students and staff from asbestos dust?
Ø Copy of first risk assessment carried out at the school following the discovery of asbestos?
Ø A copy of the first asbestos registers?
Ø A list of how many asbestos surveys have been undertaken at the school
Ø Copies of the last 2 asbestos surveys undertaken at the school
Ø Copies of the asbestos management plans
Ø Following on from the date when the local authorities were first made aware asbestos was in the building how many school staff were referred to and attended asbestos awareness courses?
Ø How many encapsulated areas of toxic asbestos were/are there in the school?
Ø How many air samples were taken at the school please supply list result time and date?
Ø How many asbestos related health claims have been made?
Apparently in 2006 tests were carried out in six schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf that showed that there was a significant release of asbestos fibres when doors were slammed, walls and columns hit and even when people sat on window sills. As you are aware schoolteachers’ mesothelioma deaths continue to increase in Wales.
You would also be aware that the petitions committee is calling on Minister Huw Lewis AM to give evidence.
As with schools there would be more significant release of asbestos fibres when doors were slammed, ceilings walls and columns are/were hit at the Sobell Centre due to the nature of the robust sports activities that the centre provided for, as I have said I believe questions should be asked and all information health claims should be made public.
I await your response