William Eichler 14 September 2016

Whitehall rejects calls for restoring contaminated land grants

The Government has rejected a call by auditors for contaminated land grants to be restored.

A report by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) found funding for local councils to clean up contaminated land was ‘insufficient’.

It recommended the creation of a dedicated funding stream for Part 2A contaminated land remediation, and proposed Defra undertake a detailed assessment of its decision to cut capital grant funding.

The department for environment, food & rural affairs (Defra) withdrew capital grant funding for local authorities to clean up contaminated soil in 2013.

The EAC published a report last June which estimated 300,000 hectares of UK soil is contaminated with toxic elements - such as cadmium, arsenic and lead - as a result of the UK’s industrial heritage.

It warned at the time councils would be less likely or able to tackle this without central Government funding.

‘Cash-strapped local councils need funding to deal with contaminated land that could pose a risk to public health,’ said EAC member Mary Creagh MP, responding to Whitehall’s rejection of the committee’s proposals.

‘Defra’s decision to abolish capital grant funding for contaminated land has all but halted councils’ ability to investigate and clean-up contaminated sites.

‘It is disappointing to see the Government has ignored our recommendation to reinstate this.’

‘Contaminated sites in areas with high land values will be cleaned up by developers, but sites in areas such as Middlesborough, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cornwall and York risk not being investigated or cleaned up, blighting homes and ruining lives,’ she added.  

The new Centre for Young Lives image

The new Centre for Young Lives

Anne Longfield CBE, the chair of the Commission on Young Lives, discusses the launch of the Centre for Young Lives this month.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Chief Executive

Glasgow City Council
c. £200k
Glasgow is a city with a proud heritage, that is ambitious for the future. Glasgow, Glasgow City
Recuriter: Glasgow City Council

Social Worker

Wakefield Council
£33,024.00 to £35,745.00, grade 8
Social Care Direct has an exciting opportunity for a Level 1 Social Worker to join our friendly team. Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Wakefield Council

Woodworking Tutor, Part Time, Term Time - Basildon

Essex County Council
Up to £28432 per annum + pro rata
Woodworking Tutor, Part Time, Term Time - BasildonPermanent, Part TimeUp to £28,432 per annum, pro rataLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Property Surveyor RBKC614550

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£64,929 - £74,220 per annum
At RBKC, we are committed to changing for the better and we are determined to put our residents at the heart of every decision. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Library and Neighbourhood Hubs Representative x 2

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
£23,500 - £23,893 pro rata
We are currently seeking to recruit a highly motivated individual with a passion for delivering the very best customer service. Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.