File 3 - Asbestos at Elgin Estate, Westminster

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GB 249 OEDA/G/11/3


Asbestos at Elgin Estate, Westminster


  • 1983-2003 (Creation)

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4 folders

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From a paper storage bag inscribed 'MW’s Westminster box', containing two files inscribed 'Westminster | Elgin flats' and 'Westminster housing | Elgin etc 202 units replaced by 55'

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Papers and correspondence (including telephone memoranda) re Westminster Council's management of the Elgin Estate (Chantry and Hermes Points), in particular whether the Council took appropriate action in response to information about asbestos at the blocks and complaints from people who lived in them. Includes

  • documentation of local campaigning subsequent to the Barratt report (see below), including a discussion between former tenants and Dr Julian Peto, February 1997
  • copy of John Barratt (24 January 1996) ‘Report of a documentary review into the use by Westminster Council of Hermes and Chantry Points, Elgin Estate, Westminster, for housing purposes, given the presence of asbestos' ("Barratt Report")
  • copies of Westminster Council papers (including minutes), relating to the management of the estate 1983-1991
  • copies of 'WECH [Walterton & Elgin Community Homes] News', 1996 and earlier

The Barratt report coincided with a press conference to launch the 'Asbestos hazards handbook', at which Nancy Tait was one of five invited speakers.

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  • English



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