Smelly remediation project set for legal challenge

People living near west London’s vast Southall Waterside contaminated land remediation project are preparing a court challenge against developer Berkeley Group.

Over the past two years, they have complained of a tarry odour in the air – “like you are standing at a petrol station” according to Clean Air for Southall and Hayes campaigner David Marsden. Others have compared it to mothballs.

Residents say that the pollution is making them unwell, attributing it to asthma, coughs, sore eyes and chest complaints. 

Public Health England subsequently agreed to investigate, though it found limited cause for concern.

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