The Roseau Cathedral and the fenced area around the building will be a no go area for members of the public from July 9 to the 29th.
That notice is coming from the engineers involved in the removal of asbestos from the ceiling of the church project, who have been explaining that this will be among a range of measures being taken to ensure that particular care will be taken to ensure that there is no contamination resulting from the asbestos removal.
“The area that we feel needs to be absolutely controlled is within the fence line of the Cathedral. That areas is going to be properly cordoned off, no one will be able to enter without the permission of the contractor,” Trinidadian Dr George Sammy, an internationally recognized Environmental Impact Assessment expert (EIA), has confirmed.
The actual work will take place during the July 9-29 period, and Dr Sammy has indicated that the removal will be done to international standards by Green Engineering, the Trinidadian Company contracted to carry out the asbestos removal.
“They have done extensive work in removing asbestos,” Dr Sammy told reporters at a news conference on Monday.
The EIA expert has given assurances that the removal will be done in keeping with internationally accepted standards, and that people in the vicinity of the Cathedral should not be overly worried about contamination from asbestos.
“We have confirmed that the tiles contain 15 per cent asbestos, we have confirmed that it is a cemented asbestos which is better than the other kind of asbestos which breaks up very easily – so we are removing tiles that are in fairly good structural condition, the tiles are not breaking apart over the years of weathering,” he explained.
The EIA expert said particular care would be taken in dealing with a small number of broken tiles that have been seen during the initial assessment process.
In addition to asbestos removal at the Cathedral, the Catholic Church building at Pointe Michel also has its own removal project.
Dr Sammy said those involved in that other initiative will be part of a full training programme scheduled for July 6.
He said the tiles at the Pointe Michel Church ceiling are much larger and thinner than the sheets at the Cathedral, but that it was ‘the same while asbestos, the same 15 per cent asbestos”.
“I wouldn’t say it’s more dangerous, it’s going to be more cumbersome. Because even though the sheets are much bigger you still don’t want to break them when you are taking them down,” he said.
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