The Marie Curie charity shop in Penarth Town Centre has halted trading and been shut down until further notice because asbestos has been found on the premises.
The shop, which normally trades 7-day-a-week, is said to have been closed over the weekend and a section of pavement has been fenced off to form steel-walled construction compound equipped with a space-station-type air lock for the use of workers.
The contractors have to wear specific type 5/6 coveralls and must wear respiratory equipment whilst they carry out the task of removing the deadly material from the premises.
The dust and fibres from asbestos are known to cause cancer and extensive health and safety precautions are required by law to carrying out its safe removal.
The shop-front has been swathed with airtight polythene sheets secured with yellow safety tape bearing the words “Danger Asbestos hazard”
Despite the obvious danger, the Marie Curie organisation appears to have done nothing to warn the premises next door of what was going on . Staff at the Nationwide building Society said they had no idea what kind of work was being carried on next door. The Ocho Coffee lounge was trading normally today.
There are no notices on the outside of the steel compound which refer to asbestos and nothing to give members of the general public any warning about the substance – but inside the compound, a number of statutory notices are visible although only to contractor’s staff.
In a statement issued on March 22 2017 a Marie Curie spokeswoman said “There is absolutely no danger to neighbouring premises or the public”
The statement says “The Marie Curie Penarth shop is currently closed for a planned re-fit. The re-vamp will provide customers with an up to date shopping experience to pick up good quality, second-hand goods and will also include the charity’s new branding.”
“In addition to this work, a specialist company is also carrying out controlled asbestos management work to the shop. There is absolutely no danger to neighbouring premises or the public. The shop re-vamp will be finished just before Easter, when the store will re-open again. We look forward to celebrating our new store with our hard-working shop staff and volunteers and the generous community of Penarth, whose support ensures that we can continue to provide services to people living with a terminal illness.”
The shop supports the Marie Curie Hospice on Bridgeman Road, Penarth where many patients succumb every year from cancer-related and other illnesses.