Concern over 'poisoned' housing site
Concerns have been raised about ground contamination on Radstock's former railway land.
Radstock Action Group says more investigations should be done at the town centre site, where there are planning applications for housing, shops and business space.
Reports included in a full planning application for up to 70 new homes for part of the site closest to Victoria Hall and Frome Road and the outline planning application seeking to redevelop the whole site, have highlighted that there is arsenic, nickel and Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on the former industrial site.
The campaign group opposed to the scheme has accused the Norton Radstock Regeneration Company of having a "cavalier" attitude.
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Spokeswoman Amanda Leon said: "This is not trivial; it is the future health and well-being of human beings that is in play here. The risks are too high."
Radstock resident John Spratley has also spoken of his concerns about waste from the former Marcroft wagon works which forms part of the town centre site.
But NRRC chair Cate Le Grice Mack appealed to residents to have confidence in the experts who have put reports together for the applications and who will be responsible for cleaning up contamination on the site should permission be granted. She admitted many of the reports were historic but said they had been gone over carefully by planners and the Environment Agency.
She added: "The only thing that has changed is that the buildings have decayed badly over that period of time."
She said the contamination on the site was actually "rather less than what everyone expected".