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Town Hall asbestos survey gets the go-ahead

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COUNCIL chiefs have given the go-ahead for a major asbestos survey in Warrington’s historic Town Hall.
The work is necessary in case work on upgrading the building’s aging fire alarm system disturbs and potentially harmful substance.
Asbestos is no longer used in construction work, but many older buildings contain the substance. If undisturbed, it is normally regarded as safe, but if disturbed, construction workers could be at risk.
Built in 1750, the Town Hall was originally the home of industrialist Thomas Patten. Although asbestos would not have been in the original structure, it could have been used later.
A specialist company, which has carried out similar work for the council before, will carry out the survey.
Sampling will be confined to areas of the building where work to install the fire alarm system will be carried out.
Any damage caused to the fabric of the building will be made good using traditional methods and materials.
The work will have no effect on the Conservation Area in which the Town Hall stands.

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