A busy Liverpool Leisure Centre is to be closed for three months after it was decided that asbestos present in the building must be removed as soon as possible. The asbestos has been found in the ceiling and walls, and in light fittings.
The local council understands that it is one of the busiest council-run leisure centres in the city, but that the extra precautions must be taken to ensure that the public is safe from harm at the Austin Rawlinson Leisure Centre in the Speke part of Liverpool.
The asbestos in the building is not harmful unless it is disturbed, but as many buildings were constructed prior to the 1999 ban on asbestos in the UK there is enough present at the leisure centre to warrant taking these precautions. The council has insisted on a three-month project after consultation with expert asbestos surveyors and removal companies.
Mayor Joe Anderson said:
“Due to the nature of the work being carried out we simply can’t allow any part of it to remain open. Austin Rawlinson is well-used and highly regarded by the local community, and we are committed to getting this essential work carried out as quickly as possible to keep the period of time it is shut for to an absolute minimum.”
Any person that uses the leisure centre will be given a three-month freeze on payments to access the facilities.
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