Month: June 2014

Eco-Friendly Development Shows Support for Ouseburn Festival

Eco-friendly sustainable housing development project The Malings are sponsoring this year’s Ouseburn Festival on 5th and 6th July. This fantastic family event celebrates the creativity of the Ouseburn and features live bands, craftspeople, a market, fabulous food and much more. It’s a great way of discovering the fun and infectious energy of the Valley – and it’s all free! You will be able to see The Malings really taking shape and if you require any more information, the Sales Team will be located in the fantastic Airstream trailer located on Malmo Quay. It is a return trip for the Airstream which will also be the venue again for unplugged sessions from a number of the region’s emerging musicians. Performers include Jack Fallows of Sleepwalk and Skull Puppies fame, indie-folk band Suntrapp, the talented acoustic singer songwriter Meghann Clancy, Effie, Alex Dobson and Samuel Thomas. For more information please visit...

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Asbestos in Schools – Have you got a management plan?

As concerns surrounding asbestos in schools reach a record high, yet another school comes under scrutiny for failing health and safety precautions in the field of asbestos management. Bloomfield Collegiate, a secondary school in Northern Ireland, has been criticised for allowing certain buildings on the site to go uninspected for asbestos containing materials for a monumental eight years. There’s a common misconception in the field of asbestos management that a simple asbestos survey allows compliance with regulations. The school was tested for asbestos in 2004 – but this inspection failed to account for subsidiary buildings on the site such as the nursery and preparatory department. When such buildings were finally inspected in October 2011, it took almost a year for Bloomfield Collegiate to take action and seek professional asbestos consultancy. Having this happen in an unused or pre-demolition building is bad enough- but to have such a situation in a school full of children and staff is unimaginable. It is not yet clear whether the school had an asbestos management plan in place, but the issue still remains. Lucion Environmental, UK leaders in asbestos management and consultancy have in place support mechanisms for the educational sector to receive the upmost attention to detail when it comes to managing asbestos in schools, and can be contacted by visiting http://www.lucion.co.uk. Here you can also watch a podcast by Lucion’s very own...

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