This statement was prepared by Heyford Park and affected residents have been contacted and offered alternate accommodation.
Whilst undertaking the planned maintenance on the heating system in six homes, our team discovered the presence of what we suspect may be asbestos in the flues. We consider the health and safety of our residents to be our key priority and as a precaution we have shut off the systems and will be providing emergency accommodation for those who have been left without heating. This will initially be in a local hotel whilst we explore further options and get specialist advice on the timeframes. Our aim is to minimise the inconvenience as much as possible, whilst bearing in mind that safety is our number one priority.
Asbestos is present in almost all properties in the UK built prior to its ban in 1999, with an estimated 14 million homes in the UK having the material in them. The presence of asbestos does not pose a health risk unless it is disturbed during building work and left undetected. On discovering the suspect material, our team followed health & safety protocol by immediately localising the issue and sealing off the affected area. Specialist asbestos inspectors will be visiting the properties tomorrow to undertake tests on the material to determine what it is and then advise on the next steps.
Updates will follow and affected residents that need more support can contact me. -Marc
Crews and Dorchester staff were out this morning at the six affected homes. Test results won’t be available until Thursday so those families will stay another night in the hotel.
Final update 7-3-19
The tests for asbestos were negative. Work can proceed but there are eight different combinations of furnace and flue types that all require different parts. Hopefully no more surprises come up. Kudos to Dorchester and D&P for their quick action and communication.