States of Jersey buys back contaminated land in St John

The States of Jersey has bought back a plot of land it sold to developers after it was found to be contaminated.

A shed and land in Mont Mado, in St John, was to be turned into housing but oil waste was found in the ground.

The Assistant Minister for Treasury and Resources said developers were worried the contamination was from an old dump so asked the States to buy it back.

Constable John Refault said the States should be able to recover costs by reselling the plot once it was cleaned.

He said: "It is not the government's place to be a bad seller and I do not personally think it would have been right to have taken that stance.

"We have made the decision that we would cover the costs, we could pay back the purchase price and also the GST [goods and services tax] and stamp duty paid on the site and so they have recovered all of the costs they paid when they bought it."

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