Leathermarket JMB have ascertained that the ventilation systems at Simla and Burwash Houses contain no asbestos but the false ceilings in toilets and bathrooms do.
We cannot remove the vent covers without damaging the ceilings so we will be putting a contract out to tender to remove the ceilings, clean the vents and replace the ceilings.
This work should take place next year.
The ceilings are painted and are not dangerous in their current state unless they are damaged or drilled into in which case the asbestos fibres may be released into the air.
We are therefore asking residents not to touch, tamper with or drill into the ceilings. Thank you for your cooperation.