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  Grassmoor Lagoons Reclamation Scheme  
  Derbyshire County Council has announced that a Derby based company, which specialises in cleaning up environmental damage has been appointed to clean up the contaminated lagoons in Grassmoor. The lagoons on the former colliery tip next to Grassmoor Country Park contain tar and contaminated liquid from the former Avenue Coke Works run by British Coal.

Remedex has been awarded the £4.9m contract to remove the toxins and restore the site to woodland which will be opened up to the public as part of the surrounding park.

Funding to remove toxins from the lagoons was secured by the County Council from the Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change and East Midlands Development Agency. Detailed environmental assessments of the site and surrounding area are being carried out and local residents and park users will be consulted on what they think about the park and the proposals. A planning application for the necessary works is hopefully to be submitted in February 2010. Approval from the Environment Agency will also be needed before the decontamination process can start.

It’s expected the area will be opened up to the public in 2014 and details about the plans will be made available to local people over coming months.

Councillor Betty Hill, Chairman of the Parish was delighted with the announcement "This is very good news for Grassmoor and the surrounding area as it demonstrates that progress is at last being made and it is long overdue. Many local people have fought long and hard to make the clean up process a reality and now it is a significant step nearer. I would like to thank members of the Parish Council and all the members of the local community who have campaigned for this over the last 15 years. I would particularly like to thank County Councillor David Chapman for his help in bringing this about and also Peter Storey, Principal Engineer for Reclamation, Regeneration and Surveying for the County Council for his tireless efforts to ensure that the clearing up of the Lagoons became a reality. Hopefully in 2014 we will have a clean site which can be enjoyed by local people.”

There will inevitably be some odour problems during the clean up works. These will be kept to a minimum and will also be strictly monitored. If you have any concerns about the project or if you would simply like to find out more, both the County Council and the Parish Council are committed to keeping you up to date with developments. The County Council will be publishing a regular newsletter which will be widely distributed. Articles will also feature in the Grassmoor Community Newsletter. Alternatively, you can visit the website which has been specifically set up by the County Council by clicking on the link below. The Parish Council will also provide information via this website.
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