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Kursaal Amusement Park

We recently stumbled upon an intriguing set of maps whilst researching for a report. The map, from 1950, shows the now abandoned Kursaal Amusement Park in intricate detail. Opened in Southend in 1901, the amusement park included rides such as the Never Stop Railway, Midget Mansion and the Wall of Death. The park was hugely...

Olympic Stadium, London

The area that is now home to the Olympic Stadium was once occupied by bone works, oil refineries, soap works, tanks, chemical works, warehouses. The 2012 Olympic Park covers around 245ha (big enough to fit 357 football pitches) in the Lower Lea Valley, London. The first phase was to remove 52 overhead power pylons, re-route...

The Price of Plastic Bags

Single-use plastic bags are a world-wide waste issue, as a single bag can take up to 500 years or more to degrade1. Further to the huge waste issue caused by discarded plastic bags there is a cost to wildlife that should be considered as small animals such as birds and fish can either end up...

What is Radon?

  What is Radon? What are the potential sources? What are the potential risks? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, produced by the radioactive decay of Uranium (238U) (1). Uranium is found in small quantities in all soils and rocks throughout the UK, with areas of elevated radon risk noted to include the granitic...

Compulsory Purchase Orders

A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) allows certain statutory bodies to obtain land or property from an individual without their consent to do so. These orders will occur when the purchase of said land or property is needed to carry out a function that Parliament feels is in the public’s best interest.(1) In practice, the most...

Alien plants: Do they come from space?

It seems there is some confusion on alien species and their invasion. Species of either vegetables or animals discovered in a place they do not belong are defined as alien (or exotic).1 Not all of them have a negative impact on the hosting environment; however, the effects should never be underestimated.1 A considerable number of...

Groundsure Provides Data to ITV’s Tonight

  Groundsure were approached by ITV’s ‘Tonight’ programme to advise on, and provide spatial data portraying known infrastructure and planned projects, relating to infrastructure with the potential to cause noise disturbance. The information supplied was used by the programme for their team to create ‘indicative noise maps’ covering the UK. The data supplied to ITV...