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Mrs van der Liende-Westert – ‘It was for the safety of both myself and the people who work with it on a daily basis’

Mrs Van der Linde-Westert's house in the city of Vollenhove, Overijssel, recently underwent major maintenance. Among the work carried out, the shower and toilet were renovated. However, this initially required the removal of asbestos. What was the resident’s experience of this?

‘In the run-up to the maintenance work on my house, Wetland Wonen, the housing corporation, carried out an inventory. The inspector noticed that there was asbestos in the sills of the bathroom.  This didn't really shock me – I'm quite a level-headed person by nature. In any case, there was asbestos present and it needed to be removed. Wetland Wonen clearly communicated what this meant in practice: when the asbestos remover would come to visit and what exactly he would be doing. I thought it was great that the whole process only took one day, and that I didn't have to leave my house. On the day itself, I was able to simply sit around the living room while the construction for removing the asbestos was being set up in the bathroom. I went to have a quick look of course... Quite an impressive structure for such a tiny bit of asbestos! But I understood why it had to be done: it was for the safety of both myself and the people who work with it on a daily basis. When it was all over, I was happy with the way things went, and at the end of it all I had a lovely bathroom in return!

 ‘I thought it was great that the whole process only took one day, and that I didn't have to leave my house.’