07.10.02 - Letter to Health and Safety Executive, Ashford

37 Church Road
Royal Tunbridge Wells

e-mail: telephonehouse@aol.com
internet: http://uk.geocities.com/telephonehouse

Health & Safety Executive
Inspector Peter Collingwood
Ashford Office
International House, Dover Place Ashford TN23 1HU

07 October 2002

Dear Mr Collingwood

Telephone House - Asbestos Removal

With further reference to your letter of 26 September the specialist inspector’s report which you quote, does not cover the matter fully. If, asbestos was removed from the building 7 months ago, then presumably those instructed to do the work, would have been told to leave no suspicious debris, in which case there would be no evidence at the time of the specialist inspector’s examination.

It does seem extraordinary that surreptitious work was carried out in February. If it was mere debris, not asbestos, which was removed by bags and chutes,
- why was it so urgent that it could not be left until such time as the building be demolished?
- And why the reluctance to find out
- and inform us what was removed?

We have just been informed by John Haynes’ employee, Nigel Eveleigh, that asbestos was removed from 1st October onwards. According to CALA Homes’ own scheme of works [which has been refused on 9th September] all windows should have been sealed. Residents witnessed that this was not done and the front door left wide open.
Were you or any other personnel of the Health and Safety Executive present at this time?

Would it be possible for you to give us a copy of the BT asbestos records for that building?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely
Katherine Quinnell
The Telephone House Neighbours Association

What was removed from Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells, in February 2002?