A SHOP unit in a busy indoor market has been sealed off while specialist workers remove asbestos from its walls.
The former home of Homefair Blinds, and Rogers sweet shop, in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre’s Indoor Market, became vacant recently.
So before a new tenant takes over the unit, shopping centre bosses say they decided to start work on removing the potentially-dangerous substance, in the form of asbestos insulating boards, as a matter of course.
Centre manager Mark Rycraft said he was aware of the asbestos in the shop from when the centre was built 40 years ago.
And he said work started on its removal earlier this week and should be completed within a few days.
He said: “When a tenant moves out its practice to remove asbestos as part of normal property management really.
“It was installed in there when the centre was built around four decades ago because asbestos was a commonly used substance back then and it was used in wall boarding, and ceiling tiles as well.
“We remove it out of good practise, spending thousands of pounds to get asbestos removed, so that when a tenant goes in then it cannot be accidentally disturbed.”
He added: “We started work on this unit on Monday removing asbestos from the walls and it should be completed within the next few days.”
Mr Rycraft said there are prospective tenants who want to take over the unit but he is as yet unsure of which company it will be.