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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.

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What is Contaminated Land?

Contaminated land is "any land which appears to the local authority in whose area it is situated to be in such a condition, by reason of substances in on or under the land, that ...

a) significant harm is being caused or there is a significant possibility of such harm being caused; or

b) pollution of controlled waters is being, or is likely to be caused."

This means that before land can be declared contaminated, a significant pollutant linkage must be identified. There must be three separate components present for a pollution linkage to be formed: a source of contamination, a receptor for that contamination to affect and a pathway for the source to be able to affect the receptor.

Unless all three elements of a pollutant linkage are identified, land cannot be declared contaminated. Consequently, land can only be contaminated land where it is causing an unacceptable risk to human health or other specific receptors such as rivers or groundwater. This means the definition of contaminated land does not cover all land where contamination is present.