Work has begun to remove dangerous asbestos panelling from the Centro de Educación Infantil y Primaria (CEIP) in Avenida Palma de Mallorca in Torremolinos.
The work is being carried out on the infant and primary school during July and August, while the students enjoy their summer holidays, and the town hall has promised it will be complete before they return for the new term in September.
Carlos del Alamo, the school’s headteacher, welcomed the news and expressed his satisfaction that the work was to be completed in just one phase and not in two, as originally planned.
“Our priority lies with the students and their families and we are very satisfied with the way the work is progressing,” he said.
The town hall and the local education authority had been under pressure from the local parents’ association, AMPAS (Las Asociaciones de Madres y Padres de Alumnos), who had organised several demonstrations, with the help of the Costa del Sol Si Puede (CSSP), to bring the matter to light and have the harmful asbestos removed from the school.
José Manuel Piña, a spokesman for CSSP said, “Thanks to the mobilisation of AMPAS, next term we will be able to take our children to school with the reassurance that the asbestos has been removed.”
The mayor of Torremolinos, José Ortiz, and the delegate of Education of the regional government, José Luis Ruiz Espejo, visited the school last week in order to inspect the progress of the project.
The work involves the replacement of approximately 2,427 square meters of asbestos panels and the removal of old guttering and downpipes.
The programme to eradicate asbestos from public buildings was approved by the Junta de Andalucía in July 2016 and includes the removal of asbestos panelling from seven schools in Andalucía.
The mayor of Torremolinos pointed out the urgency to solve “such a sensitive issue”, and showed his appreciation at the speed at which the department of Education has reacted.
Different countries have differing regulations concerning the use, and removal, of asbestos. In Spain, limitations concerning the use of asbestos came into force in 1984 and were adjusted in 1993, but its use was not banned until 2001.