Presentation on theme: "View from the Front line Rob Ivens Mole Valley District Council Why am I here –Work for a small LA’ Done quite a lot of work –We started under nuisance."— Presentation transcript:
View from the Front line Rob Ivens Mole Valley District Council Why am I here –Work for a small LA’ Done quite a lot of work –We started under nuisance Circa 1998 What is my message –Local Authorities have an important role –After 3 years of cuts 25% across the board we are “Down but not out” How might things be improved
Historical Surrey Green and Pleasant No problems in our area… 1500 sites- But the vast majority are not of regulatory concern
Local Authority Duties Prevent more contamination: –Planning –Other Environmental Permitting Regimes and Part 2A (To tackle the historic legacy) –Identifying unacceptable risks –Establishing how to fix them –Dealing with the worst sites
Development Control Local Authorities and the private sector can properly develop difficult site National Planning Policy Framework is clear about duties BUT Only after significant lobying…. Noise didn’t do so well…
What is an acceptable risk….
Part IIA- Prioritisation How Do you Feel?
How long do these things take Old Barley Mow 1998 3 years Ranmore Common 1999 3 Years Buckland Sandpit 2000 2 years Headly Road Tip 2001 18 months Greville Court 2003 3 years North Holmwood 2003 3 years Cost – of doing the work
Investigation- Aviation Works
Cost of investigation. Total cost of decision £60K Prelim_SI £7k 12 holes Stage_1 15k 35 Holes Stage_2 25k 41Holes
A Predictable reaction
Duties and Powers- Costs When Contaminated Land is identified –Duty to Establish how to fix the problem –Duty to Attribute Costs & apportion liability –Power to remediate Investigations –Cost £15K-£75K per site Remediation costs –£8-15K a property –£300,000 to £3M+ per site
Summary Local Authorities can do good work –We can collaborate with private sector to –provide valuable resources and tools and –Good practice Money talks! –Need a “NEW DEAL” with central Government –We should be actively looking at the worst sites BUT –How an earth can Local authorities meet remediation costs of Millions
An alternative approach We should not “wring our hands” despairingly –Contamination is like “noise” the ombudsman “terrorises” EHO’s over nuisance complaints.. –Central government shows little interest in “Brown Field” contamination –Councils should fund the underlying inspection duties –Government MUST fund the resulting remediation Regime Change…not legislative change –Why do LA’s and residents assume this is the states problem… –Good Practice needs to be funded in “rational ordered and efficient manner” Self help- Residents collect data on there own sites at point of sale Central/Public portal of all decisions and remediation statements