In L&Q’s contaminated land report by MLM Environmental (the study to see if the sub soil is not contaminated for new housing) they say the site history was….’undeveloped farmland followed by use as an athletics track in 1919 before being developed for the greyhound stadium use’. They note that there is 1.3m of made ground from some
intrusive investigation reports they had sight of. Didn’t they wonder why farm land and the athletic track caused 1.3 m of made land?!
Well if they looked at L&Q’s archaeological report they might have found the answer. Written by CgMS consulting, these people state that the site was used for the athletics track and as a rubbish dump prior to its development as a dog track between the years of 1919 and 1931. In section 4.6.6 of their report they state ‘documentary evidence shows much of the site was used as a rubbish tip at this time (1919)’.
Why did the contaminated land consultant leave this out of their report we wonder?
Were L&Q really going to build their new ‘world class homes’ over contaminated rubbish tip land? Why didn’t the planning authority spot this, why is it left to the public to point this out?
More costs for L&Q as remediation of old rubbish tip fill material is very expensive. Or maybe it will all have to be removed from the site causing weeks of lorry trips disrupting the neighbourhood. We don’t think it can be built over with any structural confidence.
AND this rubbish fill provides a 1.3m deep resevoir for holding flood water.
Every week another cover-up or piece of incompetence is unearthed (in this case both!), yet these obsessed developers march blindly on.