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North-east care home to contract firm to remove asbestos

North-east care home to contract firm to remove asbestos

Work is being tendered to remove asbestos which was discovered in a north-east care home.

Durnhythe Care Home in Portsoy is inviting bids to remove the dangerous substance from the property.

The public contract notice states that the work would include an upgrade of lighting and power circuits, removal of asbestos and associated decoration works.

It is understood the extent the removal of asbestos is considered a minor part of the overall project.

Disturbed or damaged asbestos can cause serious disease and even death to those who come into contact with it.

Work could cost around £350,000 and should take a year to complete.

The two-storey building, which is run by Aberdeenshire Council, can accommodate 35 residents.

Councillor Glen Reynolds, who represents the Banff and Buchan area, said: “As a local councillor and following a visit to the home in 2018, I and other Councillors asked to see Care Inspectorate Reports and action plans because there was concern about the home and its long-term fitness for purpose.

“I was reassured that under a new management team which had been in place, this was a facility which had a future as long as recommendations as to its condition and necessary improvements were adopted.

“The fruits of that are now being seen and ensure that the health, safety and well-being of its residents is the paramount concern.

“I spoke to staff last year at the home and some facilities  such as a kitchen which had not been upgraded since 20 years ago, and the electrics were in need of improvements.

“All the current works which are being financed, are to ensure that this home in idyllic  grounds, has a long term future with a good capacity of clients in residence.

I have full confidence in the management team that this will take place.”

Fellow councillor John Cox also expressed his concerns following a report.

He said: “A report came to committee two or three years ago and councillors were not happy with the cost to upgrade wiring as this would not improve the living environment of the home and requested a further report on the whole building.

“It was discovered significant investment was required throughout the building to bring it up to a standard expected of a care home not only for residents but also for staff.

“The Banff and District ward has been has already paid a price from the closure of Campbell Hospital, Rose Innes Home and Ladysbridge Hotel.”

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “We are currently inviting bids for various upgrade works at the Durnhythe Care Home in Portsoy. The tender involves upgrading lighting and power systems, decoration and associated work.”

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