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Statement: Brimscombe Port (updated 5 January)

Published: Thursday, 23 December, 2021

5 January

The Health and Safety Executive has concluded that unplanned action by an excavator operative did not result in a significant release of asbestos fibres to the local area and there was little or no risk to people outside the site boundary.

The HSE is satisfied with how the contractor responded and HSE is planning no further action.

Stroud District Council’s independent asbestos specialist has made recommendations which the contractor is acting on.

Demolition works excluding asbestos removal have recommenced, with removal of asbestos starting once an amended plan of works is agreed, taking into account recommendations from the investigations.

16:46 5 January 2022


23 December

Following the incident at Brimscombe Port last week, we have been informed by the contractor that its air monitoring results indicate that health risks are very unlikely to be associated with the incident or previous works carried out.

We have though, reported the incident to the Health and Safety Executive as a further precautionary measure.  

All work on removing asbestos from the site was paused on December 16th  and the site closed yesterday (Wednesday 22nd December 2021).  Work will not start again until our specialist consultants have agreed the method for removing the remaining materials containing asbestos on the site. 

This will not happen before Tuesday 4 January 2022 at the earliest. We will share our consultants’ recommendations once we receive them.

If any residents have any serious concerns over the holiday period, please call the council’s emergency number on 01453 222104.


11:02 23 December 2021



17 December

Stroud District Council has paused demolition work at Brimscombe Port redevelopment site, with only minor works permitted to make the site safe and secure, until the New Year.

This follows an incident where the approved method of asbestos removal was not followed on Tuesday December 14.

On Thursday 16 December background air monitoring was carried out and the council called a meeting onsite with an independent asbestos specialist, a representative of the contractor and a representative of the council’s employers agent.

While investigations take place, no demolition work will take place. Results of the investigation will be made public. Public safety remains the council’s top priority.

15:47 17 December 2021



15 December

Stroud District Council has acted upon information that an incident has occurred at Brimscombe Port redevelopment site, whereby the approved method of asbestos removal was not followed.
As a result, the council, the contractors and independent asbestos experts are involved in an investigation and will release the results to the public when they are available.

Public health and safety is our top priority and this incident will be investigated thoroughly.
In addition, the project’s Principal Designer and Health and Safety Compliance and Assurance Manager have both been consulted. Once we know the outcome of the investigation, further details will be made public.

More information

Contact: or call 01453 766321.

20:02 15 December 2021


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