Withdrawal of contaminated land funding ‘killing’ remediation

Evidence is mounting that the withdrawal of funds for remediating part 2A sites is seriously damaging contaminated land officers’ ability to identify and treat it

The grant has dropped from £17.5m in 2010/11 to zero in 2017/18. Photograph: Anirut Rassameesritrakool/123RF

The withdrawal of contaminated land funding is seriously damaging councils’ ability to identify and remediate sites, according to evidence given to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).

The contaminated land capital project grant has seen dramatic reductions over the years, from a high of £17.5m in 2010/11 to £400,000 in 2016/17. There will be no money next year, but DEFRA maintains that the grant was “surge funding” and was never designed to be permanent. 

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