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Arun council cancels meeting over asbestos fears
1:51pm Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
A council meeting has been cancelled over fears that builders may have uncovered asbestos in the council chamber.
Arun District Council has been forced to postpone tonight’s full council meeting for health and safety reasons after builders working in the civic suite in the Civic Centre, Littlehampton drilled into a wall to uncover a potentially harmful substance.
Council officials say that tests have so far proved inconclusive but, due to the age of the building, there is the possibility it could be asbestos.
As a precautionary measure, the meeting scheduled for tonight and for the rest of the week have been cancelled.
Leader of the council, Councillor Gillian Brown said: “This is totally beyond our control.
“We know that many people had made arrangements to attend tonight’s meeting but we have no choice other than to postpone the meeting.
“There is every chance the substance is not asbestos but it would be irresponsible to continue with tonight’s meeting without knowing for sure.”
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