Issued by City of York Council
City of York Council has secured a £35,000 Government grant to carry out further investigation of a former rubbish tip.
In 2012 the council was awarded a £22,000 grant from DEFRA to begin to investigate an old tip off Foxwood Lane where household waste was last dumped in the 1950s. As waste disposal can sometimes cause land pollution, the grant was used to fund soil, water and ground gas sampling.
The majority of the results showed no significant contamination, but some evidence of ground gas, often found at old tips, was detected in the south-western part of Hob Moor.
Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, said: “More detailed investigations will take place in this area and, if any contamination is found, the land will be carefully assessed to determine if clean-up work is required under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and in line with the council’s Contaminated Land Strategy.”
The grant is part of the government’s capital grant scheme and City of York Council is one of only 28 local authorities to receive one this year. Work will start next month.
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