Merton Council has made the decision to survey the properties on the Harland Estate to establish any presence of asbestos and what condition it is in. Invicta Analytical Services has been appointed to carry out the internal surveys of the properties (120 homes) during the week commencing 4 June 2007.
Asbestos was used extensively as a building material in the UK from the 1950s to the mid 1980s, and it has been used in some of the council homes as linings for walls and ceiling.
If any damaged asbestos is found, the area will be sealed off and the atmosphere tested for any airborne asbestos fibres. Residents will be informed of the result of the test within 24 hours.
Councillor Diane Neil Mills, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration said:
“As a landlord, the council has an obligation to keep a record of locations of asbestos and these surveys will update our records. It also gives us an opportunity to act swiftly to ensure tenants’ safety in their homes.”