Update statement on Mount Batten beach closure

The beaches at Mount Batten have been closed for the past few weeks as a precautionary measure following the discovery of materials (pieces of cement) containing asbestos. The reason for this is because the health and safety of our residents is our top priority and we needed to risk assess the situation.

The good news is that as our contractors continue to remove the pieces of cement which contains asbestos, the amount they are finding on the beach appears to be getting less and less over time. They have already removed around 600kg of asbestos from the area.

While this is really good news, this doesn’t mean the beach is safe to open straight away; we need to reduce the amount of cement right down, so that it is unlikely that you would be walking on it, as damaging the cement has the potential to release fibres.

We are continuing to sweep the area to assess how much of the material there still is.

Therefore while we will need to continue to keep the beaches closed for the time being while this work is completed, our hope is to be able to reopen the beaches around Mount Batten in time for the school summer holidays, providing we are satisfied that it is safe to do so.