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Fair Oak Landfill Study published
The study into land contamination on the site of old landfilled
sandpits at Fair Oak is almost complete with the risk to the vast
majority of the 1300 homes falling within acceptable levels in line
with government guidelines.
An independent review to monitor landfill gas, was commissioned
by the Council after research had shown that the area has a number
of old sandpits that were sited close to each other. The
proximity to residential areas meant that there could be a possible
risk of contamination to some properties and residents due to
movement of landfill gas.
The area was monitored for over a year that included the
installation of a number of bore holes and the sampling of surface
water and soils.
The assessment work completed so far shows that for the majority
of properties in the study area, the risk is in line with
government guidelines and no further work is required.
Because of the complex nature of the sites there are a small number
of properties where the assessment of risk has not been able to be
concluded and some additional work is required.
Cabinet Lead for the Housing and Customer Service Councillor
Anne Winstanley said “I am pleased that we have now been able to
publish this report. It shows that for most homes and
residents in the area the risk is at acceptable levels. We will be
working closely with the handful of homes where further monitoring
The Council has written a letter and provided an information
leaflet to every home in the study area. Officers are
visiting properties where further assessment is required to discuss
A copy of the full report is available here.
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The additional research will be undertaken later this