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Swale House closed temporarily

Published Tuesday 4 October, 2022
Last updated on Wednesday 19 October, 2022

Swale House is now closed to the public, council staff and councillors until Monday, 19 December while work to remove asbestos and finish installing double glazing takes place.

Swale House was closed earlier this month (Oct) after asbestos was found by contractors around some of the old window frames of the 1970’s building. The asbestos had not been present in windows tested in advance of the works and can only be accessed by removing the windows.

Asbestos specialists were called into advise on how to remove it safely, and now all windows have now been checked, and work to remove the asbestos safely has begun.

The building will remain closed while the asbestos is removed and the new double glazed windows are installed.

Most of our staff are working from home, and alternative venues are being found for decision-making council meetings, until we can safely reopen the building, including:

  • Wednesday 19 October 7pm – policy and resources committee will be at The Sapling Room, The Appleyard, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne

We know this is not ideal, and we are sorry for the inconvenience to residents, staff and councillors, but this approach will ultimately save time and expense as we improve Swale House.