Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires local authorities to inspect their areas and identify any contaminated land. A contaminated land inspection strategy must also be produced which explains how the local authority will carry out the inspection process.
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has produced a strategy to explain how contaminated land will be identified and dealt with in this Borough. We will be reviewing the strategy shortly. Please email or telephone the Council if you require the strategy.
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has a phased approach to implementing its contaminated land strategy and uses a database of data and information to facilitate the prioritisation of sites. There are around 300 potentially contaminated sites on our database. A site about which you may have enquired could be on the Council’s database due to the risk that there may be contamination associated with the former uses of the site and surrounding areas. However, due to the relatively low sensitivity of the uses of many of the sites (i.e. industrial/commercial), the Council is not currently planning to investigate under Part 2A of the Environment Protection Act. However, these sites remain identified by the Council as a site of potentially contaminated land, and this status will remain for unless additional information regarding the soil conditions in the area provides sufficient evidence to the contrary.
Using the historical information we hold at the Council, we are able to provide some information on previous land uses that may give some indication of potential contamination. There is a charge made for this information under the Environmental Information Regulations for anyone wishing to request such details.
Each enforcing authority is required to maintain a Contaminated Land Register which must include details of any Remediation Notices (only served once an area has been designated as Statutory Contaminated Land) as well as information about the condition of the land.
Each enforcing authority is required to maintain a contaminated land register which must include details of any Remediation Notices (only served once an area has been designated as Statutory Contaminated Land) as well as information about the condition of the land.
The register can be examined at Epsom Town Hall by appointment.