Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 8:00 PM
Subject: Harcourt Street, Stockport proposed school - dangerous site
Dear Secretary of State
The above matter is with you for a call-in decision. The proposed site is a former Jackson's Brickyard claypit site which was infilled at a time when no records regarding what was disposed there were kept.
I fortuitously met Mr. Paul Dunn, Executive Director, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Agency this evening. He told me that for the site to be used for the proposed school very careful site investigations would need to be carried out. Even the promised site-wide boreholing has not been carried out, and Mr. Dunn felt that specialist contractors would need to carry out a detailed investigation of this site. I don't believe Greater Manchester Geological Unit has such expertise.
Given that a similar site had to be shut this week on safety grounds on account of Methane, I feel it is quite frightening that Stockport Council intends to build a school on this land without ensuring the safety of the project. The Planning and Highways Committee totally ignored genuine concerns about safety which had been raised by the area committee.
I do hope you will give due consideration to these important issues.