Work to remove asbestos from the site of the former Glencairn Tower in Motherwell will begin on Monday.
The asbestos in the ground is believed to predate the tower which was in constructed 1964 and demolished in 2011 to make way for a new £2.6 million social housing project.
North Lanarkshire Council is adamant the levels of asbestos are so low there is no risk posed to the public.
Des Murray, head of Housing Property, said: “Work will begin on Monday, November 23, to remove low level concentrations of asbestos found in the soil at the Glencairn Tower site.
“Our specialist contractor will be clearing the site and this process poses no safety risk to the public.
“The work will involve HGV lorries removing and replacing soil over the next few weeks. We hope any disruption to traffic flow will be kept to a minimum.”
The work to build 25 properties on the site was expected to be completed this month, however it will now continue until March.