The authority is asking for feedback on its draft Contaminated Land Strategy which will set the bench mark for work across the entire county, replacing several smaller plans for the first time.

Due to the reorganisation of Northumberland, which saw district authorities scrapped in April 2009, a new strategy to cover the entire county has to be drawn up.

Before the individual district authorities would carry out, the legally binding, work of dealing with contaminated land.

The 12 week consultation started yesterday (November 11) and can be found by clicking here.

Head of public protection at the council, Victoria Barrington, said: “We have a legal duty to ensure that we deal with the industrial legacy left by Industry in Northumberland and the draft strategy outlines how we will do this.

“The final strategy will allow the county to have one policy following the review and consolidation of those policies which existed in the former District Councils and it is therefore vital that we gain valuable feedback on the draft during these 12 weeks.”

The consultation ends on Tuesday 8th February 2011. A revised strategy, taking into account the comments and feedback received, will then be submitted full council for endorsement in Spring 2011.

Luke Walsh

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