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MP seeks assurances on building site with ‘unbearable’ smell in Lewes

Norman Baker meets Timberyard Lane developers. Tony Boddington (technical manager), David Fridd and Ian Edmed (site managers)

Norman Baker meets Timberyard Lane developers. Tony Boddington (technical manager), David Fridd and Ian Edmed (site managers)

Local MP Norman Baker has visited the scene of building works at Timberyard Lane, Lewes, in response to concerns from local residents about “unbearable” smells coming from the site.

Riverdale Developments, with VHE Contractors, is undertaking a series of ground clearance works as the site is identified as being contaminated from the gasworks which once stood there.

Local residents have complained about the “noxious odour”, which has meant that in the current hot weather they have been unable to open windows due to the overpowering smell.

Mr Baker said: “I have been assured that the works being done which have been producing the bad smells across the area should be completed by the end of this week. And there will be no need for further works unless further patches of contamination are identified.

“I have insisted that better communication is required with local residents to make them aware of the works being done and if there is to be any disruption to people’s lives.”

Riverdale, which is building 13 homes at the site, has removed more than 1,500 tonnes of contaminated soils.

 

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