Asbestos is found at disused Durham City pool

Residents and business in Durham have been reassured after disturbed asbestos was discovered at a disused swimming baths in the city.

Elvet Baths have been unused since being replaced by a £12m leisure complex in 2008.

Efforts to find a developer have failed and it has become a target of vandals.

Owners Durham County Council have stressed there is no danger to the public and will begin work to remove the asbestos later this month.

'More attractive'

A council spokesman said: "We know there is a lot of interest in the Elvet Waterside area and we just simply want to let everyone know exactly what it is we will be doing on site.

"We remain committed to attracting the right sort of development for the area and are doing this work firstly in the interests of public safety, but also in the hope it will make the site more attractive in a difficult financial climate."

The 79-year-old site was due to have been demolished as part of a plan to build homes, offices and a restaurant. But the scheme fell victim to the recession.

A works compound will be set up in a nearby Durham University car park while the 12-week project to remove the asbestos is under way.

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