The Scotsman

Toxic waste could be left un­der homes

- By IAN SWANSON Ecology · Edinburgh

Res­i­dents fight­ing a pro­posed hous­ing devel­op­ment on toxic land say plans to bur y the con­tam­i­nated ma­te­rial un­der gar­dens and drive­way son the new es­tate are stor­ing up prob­lems for the fu­ture.

Fam­i­lies liv­ing near the 100- year-old for­mer waste dump in Liv­ingston were told they would have to stay in­door sand keep win­dows closed as a pre­cau­tion while lor­ry­loads of toxic ma­te­rial was taken away.

But now they say they have been told house­builders Cru­den plan to re­tain most of the con­tam­i­nated soil on the site, be­neath cer­tain parts of the devel­op­ment with a pro­tec­tive mem­brane placed on top.

Mother-of-two Gil­lian de Felice said: “We were led to be­lieve they were go­ing to re­move all the soil com - pletely and we were ob­vi­ously con­cerned about that be­cause there were go­ing to be about 500 lorry loads up and down our streets.

“Now the op­tion they’re go­ing with – sur­prise, sur­prise the cheap est one – is they’ll only re­move a small per­cent­age of it and the rest is go­ing to be the foun­da­tions for roads, drive­ways, lay-bys and gar­dens.”

Crud en wants to build 18 homes on the land at Tar­bert Drive , Murieston, which in 1907-12 was used as a dump for the ash cre­ated by the in­cin­er­a­tion of Ed­in­burgh’s do­mes­tic waste.

Fol­low­ing an ap­peal, a plan­ning rep or ter has said he is minded to al­low the devel­op­ment.

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