Scottish local contaminated land gets GBP4 million

Scottish Environment Minister Ross Finnie has announced £3.9 million funding to help local authorities tackle contaminated land. Additional money is being made available to help remediation where there is no prospect of a polluter paying.

One local authority that has been allocated funds is Inverclyde, which is to receive nearly £750,000. The money is to be spent on remediating a site in Greenock with the hope of creating new economic development opportunities for the area. “The former tannery at Pottery Street in Greenock has been a significant blight on both the local population and the area as a whole,” said Finnie.

Dundee is to receive £215,000 to clean up the site of the Baldovie incinerator; and South Lanarkshire and Glasgow are being awarded £500,000 and just under £300,000 respectively, to clean up areas of chromium contamination.

This latest funding is in addition to £24.7 million being allocated between 2000 and 2006 through baseline capital allocations for work associated with the contaminated land regime.

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