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Saxon Pitt

It’s good to hear that the final remediation and restoration proposals for Saxon Pit have been approved and works are due to start this week. This includes extending and protecting boreholes, creating a capping layer followed by a restoration layer to support new habitats, creating a French drain and clay plug to prevent ingress, and installing monitoring infrastructure so gas levels, surface and groundwater and the onsite lagoon can continue to be monitored long-term. More than 122,000 tonnes of unlawful waste were buried at the site between October 2017 and February 2018 and has been a constant worry to the Whittlesey community. In April I met with Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, Sir James Bevan, who assured me he recognized the community concern and work was ongoing at pace to address the issues. However, an environmental permit application to build a waste recycling plant handling 500,000 tonnes of non-hazardous Incinerator Bottom Ash and inert waste each year at the former brickworks is still undergoing technical assessment. Two new permit applications to accept and treat contaminated waste soils and to discharge effluent from the onsite lagoon have been submitted and will be consulted on in due course. The community will need a lot of reassurance and I will continue to liaise with local councillors to ensure relevant bodies are held to account in respect of this site. The community will need a lot of reassurance and I will continue to liaise with local councillors to ensure relevant bodies are held to account in respect of this site.

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