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Tests on soil from Grantown Primary 'show no risk'

Tests for potential contaminated soil in the grounds of a school have found no risk to health or the environment, a local authority has said.

Highland Council said the probe, started in February at Grantown Primary in Grantown on Spey, had been routine "precautionary action".

Part of the school's playing field was the site of a gas works which closed more than 100 years ago.

The council said parents have been told of the results.

Heavy metals

In 2003, the local authority began a programme of inspections of land which had industrial use in the past.

Two blocks of flats built on the site of a former gas works in Invergordon were demolished in 2007 after toxins were detected.

The operation involved properties in Joss Street. Residents were relocated to other homes.

Chemicals benzene and benzo(a)pyrene were traced in the gardens of the flats in 2004.

In 2008, a community woodland on a former landfill site in Caithness was closed after heavy metals, arsenic and asbestos were detected in the soil and surface water.

The landfill was closed in the mid-1970s and opened as a woodland in 1996.

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