Welsh Government commits funding to tackle Craig Y Don contamination

31 Oct 2018 01:10 PM

The Welsh Government has confirmed it will provide financial support to the Isle of Anglesey County Council to complete remediation work on contaminated land at the Craig Y Don estate in Amlwch.  

Contaminated land has been found to affect 16 homes on the estate. Investigations  earlier this year found high concentrations of arsenic and lead underneath the properties which could pose a risk to human health. 

The Welsh Government has committed to fund 60% of the costs, with Anglesey County Council covering the remainder.  

Craig Y Don was built in the 1950s on the former Gwaith Hills metal smelter works,  which operated between 1786 and 1897, before becoming a chemical works. The estate includes 112 residential properties, both private dwellings and homes owned and leased to tenants by Anglesey County Council.  

The Welsh Government funding will ensure residents do not need to pay for the work themselves, while the local authority will not need to pay the total costs from its existing budgets. 

The Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn, recently said: 

“The remediation costs for contaminated land usually fall to the owner or occupier of the property, in cases where the original polluter no longer exists. 

“However, given a number of distinguishing factors at Craig Y Don, we felt it appropriate for the Welsh Government to step in to provide financial support for the remediation work. 

“Contaminated land mostly affects former industrial, inner city and dockland areas. I’m pleased to announce this funding, which will help return the land to being a safe and clean place for residents, the community and for future generations.” 

Councillor Llinos Medi, Leader of the Isle of Anglesey County Council, recently said:

“I’m grateful to colleagues in Welsh Government for their financial support in ensuring these important works go ahead.

“This has been a challenging period for the residents of Craig y Don, but they have always been our first priority. 

“Through working in partnership we now have the funding needed to help all of them, be they tenants or homeowners.”