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Abestos in Baxter's field ?

On 19 Sep 2009 at 10:46pm Rumours wrote:
We were told this week not to let our children play under the trees in Baxter's field as Asbestos had been found in the ground there. An area has been sectioned off with tape, but seems a pretty inadequate fence if this substance is really there. Does anyone else know anything/ heard anything about this? Surely if there is the slightest danger of Asbestos the whole field should be closed off until it is safely removed ?
On 19 Sep 2009 at 10:47pm Rumours wrote:
Obviously should read Asbestos, before the pedants jump.
On 19 Sep 2009 at 11:13pm eh? wrote:
If there is asbestos, it is probably that grey dimpledsheet asbestos that many buildings in Lewes contain, as partition walling, sheds, garages etc. It is very low risk indeeed, if any. Obviously I could be wrong, as I have heard nothing about this, and don't know what is actually there but the Baxters Field people are amazingly responsible, and efficient, so maybe just calmly ask one of the people involved about the possible problem tomorrow.
On 20 Sep 2009 at 1:21am Smiler wrote:
The trees that border Baxters field are actually asbestos trees, they are remarkable similar to the Chestnut trees in the Paddock but can be told apart by the bright orange colouration of the smaller twigs in mid October if you look closely but obviously not for too long because they are asbestos trees and can damage the respiratory system if examined too closely for a prolonged period..
On 20 Sep 2009 at 2:00am tom wrote:
bloody hell may be best to shut of the town till midd december.
On 20 Sep 2009 at 10:18am Pyromaniac wrote:
What shall we do with them?
On 20 Sep 2009 at 11:50am ltr wrote:
On 20 Sep 2009 at 7:49pm Ed Can Do wrote:
If I were in charge, I'd put a sign up at the gate saying "Really bloody small chance of getting killed by asbestos from going into this field but it's a decent green space for free in the middle of town. You pays your money you takes your chances".

I mean, if you're bothered then don't go there, I've been climbing over the wall into Baxters for years, even afteer I became a shareholder and it's done me no harm so far.
On 20 Sep 2009 at 8:21pm Rumours wrote:
I feel a little bit reassured - and amused - by your responses. But as were told to keep away, I presume there is a degree of risk, otherwise why warn us and why section of that part.
On 20 Sep 2009 at 8:25pm Rumours wrote:
Yes you're right Ed Can Do - they need to put a sign up. Just to stop someone suing them.
On 20 Sep 2009 at 11:10pm Eh? wrote:
I suggest asking them to put your minds at rest, and before speculating too much about what should be done.
On 21 Sep 2009 at 12:40am No Pot Pourri wrote:
Blimey Ed, that cough of yours seems to have got worse!
On 21 Sep 2009 at 11:53am asbestos for lunch? wrote:
Get a grip people.
For the avoidance of doubt, if your house was built before 1990 it almost certainly has asbestos in it. Your children were born in, and are educated in, hospitals and schools which are riddled with the stuff. But a little bit in a park? In the open air? Ooh, that's bad. Everybody in Lewes should nail their doors and windows shut and stay inside. Forever. And just to be on the safe side, Baxter's Field should be subjected to a smallish nuclear device. Just to give it a proper clear out, like.
On 21 Sep 2009 at 1:41pm building_surveyor wrote:
Asbestos fibres are inert and a great insulator so they were used in absolutely everything. Have you drilled or sanded Artex? That had Asbestos in until a least the 80s.
The dangerous asbestos was mostly used in lagging pipes and boilers - that in boards and roofs etc was pretty safe unless you drilled it and sniffed the dust. So some old pieces in the ground which are probably damp are unlikely to be a problem.
To rempve all the asbestos in the UK would take 200 years and cost billions - don't disturb it and we'll be fine.
Meanwhile, the asbestos removal companies make it their business to panic the public - that's how they make their money.
Now, which is the next 'asbestos'- fibreglass insulation or Celotex insulation - your guess is as good as mine!!!!
On 21 Sep 2009 at 2:16pm asbestos for lunch? wrote:
@Building Surveyor: my money's on MDF as it goes - DIY fave and already banned in a number of countries.
On 21 Sep 2009 at 8:38pm Laid Back wrote:
not worth getting stressed over, chill, relax - unwind with a nice healthy cigarette (at least thats what they told me in the 50's)

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