It is a pleasure to see a Local authority taking a responsible role in
undertaking Environmental Due Diligence in advance of disposing of surplus
I believe that all Local authorities should have a duty to do this - it
would show the way forward to the Private sector if the Environmental
"Police" were behaving responsibly.
I would be interested in Local authority members views.
p.s - I would concur with your comments on the Remedios Limited service.
Fast, relevant and reliable. I have used them on numerous occasions, as it
is a change reading a report that I can understand and interpret.
Eric Shearer, MRICS,
Brownfield Regeneration Group.
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Behalf Of Nicola Paton
Sent: 21 February 2002 11:43
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: TEXTILE/WOOLEN MILL
We recently sold a woollen mill site and to ensure there could be no future
come back on the Council, we decided to carry out a site investigation
first, then sell the information with the site - at a suitably reduced cost.
There were already a few companies interested in the site, and whilst
discussing bids and so on, we tried to identify proposed remedial options.
Surprisingly enough, everyone said that they would clean up using the old
favourite dig and dump.
We then decided that seeing as there was such a vast array of potential
contaminants (as you've found), we might take a slightly different approach
to the site investigation. We employed Remedios (Aberdeen) to provide us
with a Toxmap to show the level of contamination at different depths/areas
etc. but with no real identification of what the exact contaminants were. We
could work out an idea of what they were based on the processes etc on site
(dyes, hydrocarbons etc.).
I think our solicitors then wrote into the sale contract, something along
the lines of all areas of certain colours to be included in the dig and
dump, and a few clauses to ensure that no further info would be expected
from us, nor remediation costs, nor any comeback at all for that matter!
It only worked for us because all the developers were going to use dig and
dump and the work was done with their agreement - even though at that point,
they didn't know who had provided the highest bid! If you're developer is
going to use dig and dump, it might be worth considering this approach.
Remedios are very good and not very expensive.
Just a thought, and if you want to discuss it further, I'm sure you have my
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From: "Clare Horton" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: 20 February 2002 17:15
Subject: TEXTILE/WOOLEN MILL
> I'm dealing with a very tricky site and would be grateful of any
> The site has been a mill for at least 160 years and has produced
> mainly woollen materials and some textiles and more recently,
> some synthetics. A major development is underway and the site
> contamination has not been adequately characterised.
> Much ash and cinders have been found in the top horizons of
> borehloes and trial pits. However, the consultants do not regard
> this as contamination as there will be a layer of topsoil removing
> the pathway when the site is developed. However, there has been
> no proper analysis of the ash/ or cinders to examine their nature
> and indeed there has not been much analysis at all.
> Could any of you offer any advice on sites of this type. I have the
> industry profile but it lists about every chemical under the sun as
> being a potential contaminant! Can anyone offer more specific?
> Many thanks
> Clare Horton
> Authorised Officer (Contaminated Land), Environment & Property Department
> 4th Floor
> St. Nicholas House
> Broad Street
> Aberdeen AB10 1BX
> 01224 523781 fax. 01224 647333
> This message is not intended to have contractural effect.
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