South Field & The Bund

9 September 2018

Judging by the latest pictures it would appear that South Field is being excavated, the extent unknown.

29 July 2018

Judging by the pictures of South Field through the fence, it is clear that someone from CDC has decided that South Field contains unacceptable waste and is removing it for further inspection.

I only hope they remove all of it as it clearly is totally unacceptable for children to play amongst such waste. 

How can anyone be so naive as to think dumping waste on this area could be acceptable by the village? I suspect it is a very dangerous place for anyone to visit, as we don’t know what specifically has been deposited is in this area. 
AVOID until made safe. Why would, URPC, CDC, Albion or even First Port volunteer to manage a waste dump? 

12 July 2018 

The developers are searching for gold, but it looks like black gold from tarmac has been found instead. Other debris form the development deposited here is clearly visible.

What will become of this waste: a MUGA, a wild flower area or removal?

Historical Photos

21 June 2018:

The document below is from the original submission in 2011. Figure 4B is the only figure of note, specifically item 18, which clearly shows that all under ground tanks have been removed on site except for 4 x 20,000 gallon aviation fuel tanks, located within a building with asbestos roof, which remains along with bund. These tanks may have been removed before dumping took place, unfortunately there isn’t any record of this happening.

7 June 2018:

Well, I am pleased to say that Deborah Smith, CDC Planning Officer, has listened to ALL our comments and this is what she said, “We do not appear to have drawings detailing the proposals for the southern playing field. As previously stated, there is a need to provide more facilities for older children within the open space areas and we would request that consideration is given to the incorporation of a Multi-Usage Games Area (MUGA), a skatepark or alternative facilities within the site to meet this need. This could potentially be located within the southern playing field area or within the main sports pitch area – consideration would obviously need to be given to visual amenity and noise mitigation. It is understood that Bovis has instructed Merebrook to undertake testing of the fill area on the southern playing field and would be grateful if we could be advised of the findings as soon as they are available.”

The above extracted from this document:

CDC Files below:

The three files below have just appeared on the CDC Planning Portal, after a request by Sir Geoffrey Clifton – Brown MP. They have not used the company that was requested to do this.

After soil testing on the Southern Playing Field by CDC, they have recommended the following:

There were no recorded exceedances to the adopted validation criteria in the topsoil and made ground subsoil with the <strong>exception of the underlying made ground at location D5</strong> for the following contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene; benzo(b)fluoranthene; and dibenz(a.h)anthracene

It was considered that the exceedances were due to the presence of black tarmac fragments at this location and the exceedances were such that the overlying topsoil would not be sufficient to provide appropriate long term mitigation for the intended end use due to soil mixing. It is therefore considered that remedial works are necessary within this area. The following course of action is recommended:

  1. Removal of the topsoil on a 20 x 20m square centred on location D5 and set aside;
  2. Excavation and removal of the underlying made ground to a depth of 600 mm below formation;
  3. Validation of each side of the excavation against the acceptance criteria for PAH congeners (one sample per 10 linear metres);
  4. Excavation extended and sides revalidated should any failures occur;
  5. Placement of clean, validated site won material (against the criteria in Tables 1 and 2) or imported subsoil (validated against the same criteria) to replace the removed soils;
  6. Placement of the topsoil that was set aside;
  7. WAC (waste acceptance criteria) testing should be undertaken on the removed unsuitable soils prior to disposal;
  8. Tickets for any imported material and the disposal to be provided for inclusion in the final validation report.

19 November 2017:

Above are some pictures of what has become a wild flower area, which should have been a playing field. I want to remind everyone that under the top surface of this area was dumped materials from the RAF Technical Section which become Victory Fields. This process allowed Linden and Bovis an area to bury materials cheaply rather than remove it from site*.

Furthermore, there should be a hi-visibility membrane to protect individuals from contaminated materials buried beneath the surface “if” such material were deposited here. However, we believe the containment process in this area and the southern VF BUNDS has not taken place, but is light in nature and once the protective membrane is in place, the problem will be isolated.

Many individuals would like to see this area returned to the correct landscape profile, Which is level and turned into a MUGA or playing field. Of course there are some with a personal interest who would like to leave it as rough ground.

You should also note that the field lies within Great Rissington’s Parish Council boundary and therefore could be their responsibility, once the development is complete.

*This was probably done on request of CDC to recycle as much material as possible on site.

Thanks to Karen Milroy, who researched the 2011 document alongside Google Earth.

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