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Warning That Hundreds Of £400,000 Homes Were Built On Toxic Land As Parents Are Told It's Not Safe For Their Children To Play Outside

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Hundreds of homeowners have been told their £400,000 properties could have been built on 'contaminated' land - and it's not safe for their children to play in the area.

Environment officers at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have warned residents of three streets in Paddock Wood, Kent, they may be at risk.

They say 'potentially dangerous' chemicals including asbestos and creosote could have seeped in to the ground. The substances could have 'an impact on human health', they added.

Fair to assume now these houses perhaps aren't worth £400k?

Can this stuff be cleaned up? If it can who will be liable for the bill?

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One would hope they start with the conveyancing solicitors?

Agreed. I read this story today on the way to work. A quick check on RM showed at least a handful of properties on the roads quoted in the article that have sold in the last year. Did the conveyancers do anything or ask any questions?

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I doubt very much that the contamination is spread across the whole estate, more likely confined to hot spots in former areas of work like the creosoting shed or the old asbestos lean-to that they perhaps buried to comply with red tape. Any child eating mud pies there would be very unlucky to be consuming toxic levels of creosote as it will have leached/diluted elsewhere. Anyone who worked there in it's former capacity as a timber yard wouldvvery easily be able to point out the areas of concern and there must be a lot of expertise in the field of clean ups esp. after fukushima same principle I guess but on a much much smaller scale :D

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