basingstoke123 wrote:Not sure how you conclude that the claim by Gary is false.
If Gary had arranged for the asbestos to removed and disposed of properly, he would almost certainly have been at great pains to tell the Basingstoke Gazette, because
- licenced asbestos contractors are expensive, because
- they have to take a lot of expensive precautions to protect themselves and others, e.g. respiratory protective equipment, disposable protective clothing, sealing the rooms and using negative pressurisation to reduce the risk of asbestos fibres escaping etc. etc., and because
- commercial disposal of asbestos at waste handling centres is expensive.
- Gary would therefore have had to close the shop for some time while those precautions were put in place, the asbestos removed, the area checked for remaining fibres, and the various equipment removed.
If all that had happened, and Gary had paid for it, he would have told the Basingstoke Gazette. So I suspect that Gary did it on the cheap, either doing it himself, getting his shop employees to do it, or using a contractor who is not licenced and wouldn't have taken the necessary precautions. That would explain the landlord closing the shop and denying him access, because potentially asbestos fibres would have been spread around the shop, and the whole shop will probably now have to be checked and possibly decontaminated. If an unlicenced contractor was used, that probably also means that the asbestos will not have been disposed of safely and that it may even have been fly-tipped.
I hope I am wrong, because I am hoping for their sake that Gary has not exposed his employees or anyone else to the large quantities of airborne asbestos fibres that can be produced when asbestos is removed. Diseases caused by asbestos like mesothelioma and lung cancer are horrible ways to die, and are awful for the family members and friends who watch the person suffering and very slowly dying. However, reading between the lines I doubt that I am wrong.
You presumably posted this thread expecting support for Gary, his friendly service, and the loss of a convenient shop. Based on the facts available so far and what they strongly suggest, you are not getting it from me.