Residents living near four gasworks redevelopment sites in London and Brighton have joined forces to demand an overhaul of regulations on the treatment of contaminated land. The move follows a Guardian report on residents’ claims that toxic substances from a site in west London were damaging their health. Calling itself Gasworks Communities United (GCU), the new alliance includes residents near former gasworks in Southall, Hornsey and Lea Bridge in north and east London, and in east Brighton. It is calling for remediation – or cleaning – of all contaminated land to be independently assessed to ensure toxic substances are not released into the air during excavation, among other environmental measures. “It’s high time a national group insisted on a set of high standards, guidelines and health safeguards before any of the some 30 gasworks sites that developers have purchased in the south-east of England even think of putting in a planning application,” said Stephen White, from east Brighton. He added that he hoped the city’s Green party council would “listen carefully to the experience of residents in Southall”. The alliance has formed as St William, a joint venture between the Berkeley Group and National Grid since 2014, prepares to develop… Read full this story
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