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Council Statement: Ince Central
Tuesday 5th April, 2005

Wigan Council welcomes the statement issued by the Ince Central Estate residents group.

We are sorry to break the news of contamination to residents. Along with our colleagues at Wigan & Leigh Housing, we remain totally committed to protecting the health and safety of people who live on the estate.

A top lawyer has confirmed the councilís view that, under the Contaminated Land law, Wigan Council can arrange to clean up all contaminated land affecting houses built by the council. These include former council homes now in private ownership.

The councilís cabinet has considered the legal advice and agreed to assume responsibility for the clean up of contamination. This legal advice strengthens the councilís case for government funding to pay for the works.

Over the next few weeks local residents will be briefed on the results of borehole tests so far. Residents and stakeholders will then meet to consider the best way of cleaning up the contamination. The most likely treatment is to remove soil from the contaminated gardens and replace it with clean soil.

A trial remediation scheme will be started shortly to check the clean up treatment is effective. This trial will also help decide whether it is safe for residents to stay in their homes during the works.

There is still a lot to do and the council is working hard to try and secure government funding for the remediation works. The legal advice helps the case for government funding.

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