Schools are facing an asbestos timebomb

Posted on June 15, 2015

Eugene Symonds is looking up at a notice in one of his school’s temporary classrooms. “Warning: Encapsulated Asbestos. Do not cut or make fixings without proper authority and precautions,” it says.

Pupils at West Kidlington primary school in Oxfordshire use this area every day as a cloakroom. Symonds is trying to look on the bright side. “Our asset managers will tell us if there’s anything to worry about. I’m armed with the knowledge that if it’s enclosed and not causing problems, you should leave it alone,” he says. Then he stands back and looks at the notice again. “It is quite worrying, isn’t it? Now I’m not so sure.”

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