Date:24 October 2014
Dear Mr Rose,
Re: 135 Westbourne Street Hove BN3 5FP
Freedom of Information Ref: FOI/3963
Thank-you for your contaminated land enquiry dated 21.10.14. Having viewed the Council’s records of the area I can confirm that the site has not been prioritised under Part IIA of The Environmental Protection Act 1990 as potentially contaminated land. In 1875 the land formed fields, the present building appears on the 1898 GIS map (see below). From the historical maps available it appears that its previous use was a dwelling and garden. The site is next to and near other sites which are potentially contaminated land as outlined below in Table 1 and on the attached maps. As you can see from the current plan there are many potentially contaminated sites around the site in question, but I have restricted the search to within 50m of the site.
I would also like to stress the importance of the term ‘potentially contaminated land’, as to call a site ‘contaminated land’ has a very specific legal meaning, which carries with it associated consequences.
Based on former or current uses, there are approximately 3000 potentially contaminated land sites within Brighton and Hove. These sites have been risk rated and the highest priority sites are rated as A’s, and the lowest priority sites are rated as E’s. Due to the number of sites listed for further investigation, I cannot ascribe an exact date when further investigation of those sites listed in the table below will occur.
I have also checked the records the Council has from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service which list the sites that were licensed for petroleum fuel storage (the derelict tank register). On the latest register sent to me (January 2013), there are no entries for this site or surrounding streets.
Derelict tank records are held by the fire authority and if further information is required please make contact with the Petroleum Officer, Mick Huckstepp at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service on 01323 462130 (there may be a charge).
I hope this information meets your purposes. Please do not hesitate to contact me on the above telephone number should you wish to discuss the matter further.
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Environmental Health OfficerDistance/direction from site / Date / Inspection priority / Former Use / Name of company & address / Trade Directory
10m S / 1938-1974 / C / Fuelling, service, repair / Malvern service station 133 Westbourne St / Kelly’s
10m N / 1914 / C / Coal and coke merchants / W Ridley & Son 139 Westbourne St / Pike’s
15m N / 1926 / C / Coal and coke merchants / Ernest Alfred Latham, 139 Westbourne St / Kelly’s
20m E / 1938 / C / Fuelling, service, repair / Joseph Caley 73 Montgomery St / Kelly’s
40m N / 1938-1949 / C / Coal and coke merchants / Frank B Brett 143 Westbourne St / Kelly’s
45m W / D / Laundry / Albert William Packham 79 Montgomery St / Kelly’s
OS Historic maps (obtained via ArcMap GIS)