Large Amount of Asbestos Found in Building Planned for Restoration Project
by CCUK Support
Proposed plans to open up a new arts centre in Wakefield were put on pause recently after a high quantity of asbestos was discovered in the building that was to be used for the centre.
Wakefield council were looking to open the new venue in what was a BHS store in the town that closed down in 2016, their desire is to convert the former shop into a centre that will house a museum, library, gallery as well as a café. This follows complaints from residents that the building is now a local eyesore following the store’s closure 5 years ago.
It was reported that in a recent council meeting, councillor Darren Byford, the man in charge of regeneration said “The building is, not to put too fine a point on it, riddled with asbestos from top to bottom. We want to be in there as soon as we can,”
In addition to this asbestos issue the council are also waiting on the results of a bid for government funding to aid in this project.
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