Clean bill of health for former landfill site
22nd February 2011
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A residential area that was built on a former landfill site has been given a clean bill of health after the results of soil tests carried out by Cannock Chase Council were revealed.


Soil investigations were carried out at land off Greenheath Road, Pye Green, in Cannock, to determine if any contamination had taken place. The site was operated as a landfill site between 1960 and 1971 before being developed for housing.


The testing involved the removal of a small soil sample from gardens across the area of investigation – and the official report reveals that no contamination has been discovered.


Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Council is required to investigate sites in the District that have previously been used by industry or have been in-filled.


The investigations were funded by Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and carried out by environmental consultants Grontmij, who were overseen by the Council’s Environmental Health department.


The full report can be viewed on the Council’s website at

Hard copies can also be viewed during office hours at Council offices.


Cllr Tony Williams, Cannock Chase Council Environment Leader, said:


“Cannock Chase Council is committed to ensuring that all residents in the District can enjoy a clean and healthy environment. The purpose of the soil tests is to make sure that the health and welfare of current and future generations is assured.


“Like many areas across the country, our District has a long and proud industrial heritage – but we have a duty to ensure that our environment has not been contaminated by this.


“I’m delighted that no contamination has been discovered and we have written to all householders to pass on the good news. I hope it gives them peace of mind for their own health and that of future generations.”  


Soil tests have been carried out at nine sites across the District. Three reports have been received by the Council so far, all finding no evidence of contamination. 


Information courtesy of Jamie Summerfield Cannock Council Communications Officer

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