There are a wide range of chemicals which could be present in the ground on a contaminated site that could cause harm to human health, buildings or the wider environment. The type of contaminants present will depend upon previous uses of the land.
Historically, industrial activity was much less well regulated than it is today and there was less regard for the safe handling, storage and disposal of potentially hazardous substances.
Read linked pages for more information about contaminated land and what the council can do about it.
For more advice contact Environmental Protection (see contacts section of this page).
Last reviewed: 28 - 06 - 2016