soffits & guttering will almost certainly be "White Asbestos" which shouldnt be covered by the dangerous material acts (Blue & Brown Asbestos are bad news and should be removed only by a specialist contractor at vast cost).
Im not sure where the legal position is at present, there were murmering that white asbetos should be removed from the provisions of the asbestos legislation (I dont know if this has been done as yet, but Im pretty certain the asbestos contractors will be fighting it tooth and nail (i gets rid of a nice little earner they have been on for the last 10 years or so).
There seems to be a lot of legislation regarding non domestic property, but there sesm tobe precious little infor on what you as a domestic property owner can do about it..
Im guessing you could remove the asbestos yourself (take sensible precautions dust mask, gloves, use minimal force). The problem is going to be where to get rid of the stuff once youve removed it (might be best to dig a deep hole in the garden and bury it, or encapsulate it under some concrete.
The legislation was brought in regressivley since 1998, and has decalred materials that were safe as now being unsafe (thius includes decorative coverings like Artex). Its a con, white asbestos is a radically different material to Blue & Brown