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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES£15M ALLOCATIONS FOR CONTAMINATED LAND CLEANUP

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Details of this year's allocations of funding for local authorities ...
Details of this year's allocations of funding for local authorities

and the Environment Agency to clean up contaminated land have been

announced today.

Environment minister Alan Meale said:

'£15m will be available for this financial year, and each of

the next two financial years, for the Contaminated Land

Supplementary Credit Approval programme. This provides support for

English local authorities for the capital costs they incur in dealing

with contaminated land. The programme also supports, in the form of

additional grant-in-aid, the Environment Agency where it is carrying

out works to deal with water pollution caused by contaminated land.

'Authorities with on-going contractual commitments for projects

funded in previous years have already received notification that

support will continue to be available this year. I have agreed the

programme for new projects to start this year and my department has

written today to the successful authorities and to the Environment

Agency notifying them of the financial allocations which are being

made.

'The department will discuss the other bids with the authorities

concerned and expects to make some further allocations. It will also

decide new bids when they are received.'

The following table sets out the allocations which have been made so

far this current financial year.

Local Authorities number of sites Total allocation

Ashford BC 1 #36,500

Bexley LB 1 #50,000

Blackburn/Darwen BC 2 #40,000

Bolton MBC 1 #20,000

Bristol City 1 #25,697

Bury MBC 1 #5,500

Chorley BC 1 #196,000

Crawley BC 1 #355,500

Croydon LB 5 #79,000

Cumbria CC 1 #786,215

Darlington BC 1 #31,000

Devon CC 5 #775,500

Dudley MBC 4 #335,070

Durham CC 3 #56,500

East Sussex CC 2 #150,000

Essex CC 3 #140,500

Gateshead MBC 2 #1,205,000

Gedling BC 1 #14,000

Gravesham BC 1 #11,300

Guildford BC 4 #35,500

Hackney LB 1 #115,000

Hampshire CC 1 #35,000

Herefordshire C 1 #22,600

Isle of Wight C 1 #10,000

Knowsley MBC 1 #100,000

Lancashire CC 1 #25,000

Lancaster City 1 #71,653

Leicester City 6 #119,200

Leicestershire CC 2 #16,250

Merseyside WDA 2 #320,000

Middlesbrough BC 1 #301,000

Newcastle City 3 #319,450

Northamptonshire CC 2 #408,000

North East Lincs C 1 #44,000

North Lincs C 1 #1,187,200

North Somerset C 1 #18,000

Northumberland CC 4 #46,000

Norwich City 1 #24,000

Nottingham City 1 #304,000

Oldham MBC 2 #96,000

Oxfordshire CC 2 #392,000

Plymouth City 1 #265,085

Portsmouth City 1 #400,000

Preston BC 1 #266,250

Rotherham MBC 3 #219,407

St Helens MBC 1 #165,000

Sandwell MBC 17 #73,660

Sheffield City 1 #150,000

Shropshire CC 1 #378,814

Solihull MBC 1 #179,247

South Holland DC 1 #2,500

Surrey CC 2 #11,100

Tameside MBC 2 #42,160

Teignbridge DC 2 #70,000

Trafford MBC 3 #150,000

Warrington BC 1 #242,806

Wokingham DC 1 #208,096

Worcestershire CC 2 #58,831

Environment Agency 9 #1,362,000

Note

The Supplementary Credit Approval programme gives financial support

to English local authorities and waste disposal authorities to tackle

problems of gas or leachate from closed landfill sites and with other

forms of contamination of land. Funds are also made available from

the programme to support work by the Environment Agency to deal with

water pollution caused by contaminated land.

Support is available for English local authorities where they are the

owners of contaminated sites or have caused the contamination of

other sites, for example the contamination of private landfill sites,

and for local authorities and the Environment Agency where they have

a responsibility to take action but cannot recover their costs from

the person who would normally be liable to pay for the work, for

example the polluter.

But support under this programme cannot be given for projects

eligible for other funding, for example from regional development

agencies. Nor can it be given where the site is to be developed,

because in these cases the costs of dealing with the contamination

should be considered as part of the costs of development.

Priority is given to sites where preliminary sampling or site

investigation indicates a significant risk to human health or the

environment.

This funding is in addition to the£50m over the next three

years to help local authorities with their responsibilities under

Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (inserted by

section 57 of the Environment Act 1995) and to separate funds made

available through Single Regeneration Budget and the regional

development agencies for regeneration projects.

Enquiries about the Contaminated Land SCA programme should be made to

Contaminated Land and Liabilities Branch, Department of the

Environment, Transport and the Regions, Zone 3/B3, Ashdown House,

123 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6DE.

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