Hauxton chemical clean-up details on web


New web pages will aim to answer queries about the clean-up of a former chemical plant in Cambridgeshire.

Residents in Hauxton have expressed concern about the possible health risks of fumes released from contaminated soil at the old Bayer CropScience site.

Last month, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said tests showed the air quality was unlikely to pose a risk.

South Cambridgeshire District Council said the new pages on its website would answer frequently-asked questions.

It has been set up by the local authority, which is regulating the clean-up, along with the Environment Agency, the HPA and NHS Cambridgeshire.

"The remediation of the land where Bayer CropScience once stood began in March 2010 and is due to complete in around the autumn next year," the council said.

"The land is contaminated and doing nothing was never an option. It had to be cleaned up."

The council's executive director Steve Hampson said: "The website is a one-stop shop for all information about the clean-up and redevelopment of the site.

"By collating all the questions that local people have been asking over the past few months, and putting the answers online, we hope that more people can find what they need to know quickly.

"In answering the questions, all the agencies' experts have been consulted to ensure the information given is accurate and up-to-date."

The council said it has investigated complaints and found that the smells generated by the clean-up do not currently constitute a statutory nuisance.

The page can be found via the "Bayer" link on the council's website.

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