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Blue Billy

In the 19th century, London grew at an unprecedented speed and was transformed into the world’s largest city and the capital of the British Empire. Between the smog and squalor, a foul-smelling substance was first identified on the sites of old gasworks and coke works. Up until the 1970s coal gas production provided the rapidly...

A day with Humphries Kirk Solicitors

I have been working as an Environmental Consultant at Groundsure since 2015. My role consists of looking at environmental data and assessing the potential contaminated land liability in relation to residential and commercial property transactions. As Consultants, we look at approximately 200 historical maps a day and multiple data sets including those for landfills, permits...

A day with Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors

For customer day this year, I visited the Lewes office of Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, Lewes. Whilst I was aware that they purchased residential reports from Groundsure, my main awareness of the brand (as with most things in my life) was associated with sport. They always seemed to support the local teams with hoardings inevitably...

Grave danger – Cemeteries as a source of groundwater pollution

Halloween is nearly upon us, and bringing with it thoughts of ghosts, skeletons and spooky cemeteries. Graveyards have long been considered scary places thanks to the corpses beneath our feet, but probably not because of the contamination risk they can pose to groundwater. A body might seem harmless (zombies excepted), but for those of us...

The risk of carbon dioxide from shallow mine workings

Beginning in September 2018 a study was commissioned by the Scottish Government, and undertaken by consultancy RSK Stirling, to investigate the prevalence of carbon dioxide from disused mineral mines and the implications for residential buildings1. On 5th September 2019 the Scottish Government made the results of the study available. The investigation considered past incidents involving...

What is clean beauty and what does it mean for us?

There isn’t a secure definition of clean beauty. Words like ‘natural’, ‘green’ and ‘hypoallergenic’ can be connected to the concept. However, without a standard, it can be ambiguous and open to misuse. In addition, chemical free doesn’t apply because all beauty product ingredients are derived from chemicals, either from nature or man-made (Burney. E). The...

National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS) embedding in Planning Policy

Gaining planning approval for a site can be a long and resource intensive process. With austerity measures biting at local council budgets, planning teams have often been disproportionately cut[1]. This means good quality contaminated land reporting is a benefit to them as well as to the developer who is then likely to experience fewer unexpected...