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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

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View from the front line rob ivens mole valley district council

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

Historical Surrey

  • Green and Pleasant

  • No problems in our area…

1500 sites-

But the vast majority are not of regulatory concern


Local authority duties

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

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

What is an acceptable risk….


Part iia prioritisation

Part IIA- Prioritisation

How Do you Feel?


How long do these things take

How long do these things take

Cost – of doing the work


Investigation aviation works

Investigation- Aviation Works


Cost of investigation

Prelim_SI £7k

Stage_1 15k

Stage_2 25k

12 holes

35 Holes

41Holes

Cost of investigation.

Total cost of decision £60K


A predictable reaction

A Predictable reaction


Duties and powers costs

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

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

An alternative approach

Central/Public portal of all decisions and remediation statements

  • 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


View from the front line rob ivens mole valley district council

Thanks- and some work we have funded


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