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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council

How we are implementing out c l strategy

Since 2000 the Council has been preparing for its contaminated land duties by appointing & training staff with the appropriate expertise, acquiring equipment and gathering relevant information.

Routine inspections will be dependent on gathering and analysing a wide range of detailed information.

All potentially contaminated sites will be assessed in order of priority. Desk studies and site investigations will follow the procedures outlined in the strategy so people will know what to expect.

Meanwhile, the Council, as a landowner, will behave responsibility and ensure that its own land is managed with the intention of setting a good example for others to follow.

Where the prioritisation process, using evidence gathered through preliminary investigations supported by a robust risk assessment, indicates there is a reasonable possibility that contaminated land may exist, a detailed inspection will be carried out to characterise the true nature of the site. Anyone known to have a relevant interest will normally be informed and be invited to offer any additional information they might have and/or carry out a site investigation. It is unlikely that the Council will carry out an intrusive site investigation without first consulting the appropriate interested persons.

Following investigation, if land is determined as contaminated land, then suitable remedial action must be undertaken after a process of consultation. Consultation is not required in cases of urgency. Voluntary remediation carried out by the appropriate persons will normally be encouraged. However, if suitable remedial action cannot be secured voluntarily after consultation, formal action will normally be taken. This could include service of a remediation notice and carrying out of works in default.

Any persons with an interest in land that may be contaminated land is encouraged to study the Councils strategy.