Alert after suspected asbestos found at leisure centre

Part of a leisure centre had to be closed today after suspected asbestos was discovered in the building.

The main hall of Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, in Nailsea, was sealed off after drilling work in the walls revealed the mystery substance.

A decision was taken to close the main hall while air quality checks were carried out. The rest of the building, which is home to a gym, café and squash court, remained open.

The building is owned by North Somerset Council but operated by contractors Parkwood Leisure.

Council spokeswoman Zoe Briffitt said:

“The auditorium at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre was closed as a precaution following the possible discovery of a substance that looks like asbestos.

Air checks were carried out this afternoon and we will act accordingly. The rest of the building remains open as normal.”