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Work on the building site 159 Tottenham Lane between the Arthouse and the Palace Cafe has been stalled for some time. Apparently the reason is that the fuel tanks form the former petrol filling station have leaked , thereby contaminating the ground. I have no idea what the resolution might be.
Mind you, this report of rats in Paris is pretty unpleasant, a film taken very close to the Musee d'Orsay which is a superb museum.
I'm also told that the next step in developing the Kwik-Fit site is a contamination survey in a nearby garden.
Surely the tanks were removed before all the rebar went in?
Perhaps that's what caused the problem, or the leaking took place before the removal. The planning decision notice demands further checks for contamination in paragraph 9. Presumably the desktop study revealed that it used to be a petrol filling station. Prior to that there is a 2001 contamination study carried out by Shell (who may have had a vested interest in the disposal) which essentially says 'it's all right, we can't see or smell anything nasty'.
My informant works at MEB, who are crucially interested in such a development.