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					                                                  Bedfordshire Highways
                                                             Contract     Bed MAC
        Stratton Park Balancing Pond West of A1 – Contaminated Land Report - Feb
Title
        2008




                           Appendix A

              Consultation Responses
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From: Basham, Adam [adam.basham@environment-agency.gov.uk]
Sent: 13 March 2008 08:40
To: McGeever, David
Subject: RE: Pipe Jacking water quality
Hi David,

Thanks for the information that you sent through.

Can you please inform me of the results of your contaminated land survey, when you have them.

Regards,

Adam

Adam Basham
Regulatory Officer (Water Quality)

01480 483983


From: McGeever, David [mailto:David.McGeever@amey.co.uk]
Sent: 12 March 2008 10:05
To: Basham, Adam
Cc: Langdale, Colin; Walker, Carol
Subject: RE: Pipe Jacking water quality

Adam,

I apologise for the delay in responding to your questions. Please see the comments received from the
engineer responsible for the pipe jack.


          “As discussed earlier, I can confirm that the contractor has indicated that the pipe jacking
          procedure has been used at several road crossings within the Anglian Region mostly for the HA.
          Attached is a Pipe Jacking Association brochure for further information on the process.

          A soils investigation report of 2000 indicated that groundwater was encountered between 2.5 to
          4m below ground level although the boreholes were dry on completion of drilling. We do not
          anticipated encountering large amounts of ground water as the soils are clayey. Should a need to
          pump water arise, the normal procedure is to dig a sump within the drive shaft where the water
          collects and is then pumped out onto the adjacent ground (testing dependant) or into a filter/
          settlement tank as necessary prior to pumping into the adjacent water course/surface drains.

          Previous projects have not recorded any problems with the discharge of the ground water in the
          manner stated above.”

We are currently conducting a contaminated land survey in accordance with the requirements of CLR 11


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to determine the likelihood of contaminated land being present.

I hope that this answers your questions, however please contact me if further information is required.

Regards

David

David McGeever
Environmental Officer - Consulting
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From: Basham, Adam [mailto:adam.basham@environment-agency.gov.uk]
Sent: 04 February 2008 15:43
To: McGeever, David
Subject: RE: Pipe Jacking water quality

Hi David,

Thanks for your email with the information that you supplied.

I have spoken to some colleagues and have some more questions that I need to ask before we can
proceed with your proposal for pipe jacking.

Can you please supply some more detail on the pipe jacking process, generally how does it work? (We
have never come across this method before in our office)

Has it been used elsewhere in the Anglian region, if so, what precautions were in place for effects on the
environment?

What is a rough start date and how long will the work last for?

Its mentioned that its expected that there would be no contaminated land. How have you confirmed this,
what records have been checked?
The original email mentions "endeavouring to pump back" to the existing storage pond. Have you
ensured that this could be achieved under all conditions . If not, what contingency measures do you have
in place ?



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Can you also provide an estimate of max flow based on the pump capacities ?

The discharge from the new lake is not something we would consent. I think that the conditions we
require you to follow are better stated in a letter of agreement.

If you could please provide some answers to the questions above, then when we are happy we will ask
the local Environment Management team to issue a letter of agreement.

The letter would probably have a 50 mg/l limit on suspended solids, which is the usual requirement , as
well as limits on oil and grease.

Please give me a call if necessary.

Regards,

Adam

Adam Basham
Regulatory Officer (Water Quality)

01480 483983

From: McGeever, David [mailto:David.McGeever@amey.co.uk]
Sent: 11 January 2008 15:07
To: Basham, Adam
Cc: Muchena, Herry; Langdale, Colin; Walker, Carol
Subject: Pipe Jacking water quality

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Adam,

Further to our telephone conversation, the proposed woks involve the creation of a balancing pond on the
west side of the A1 at Beauford Farm, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire and the infilling of an existing balancing
pond to the east of the A1 at Stratton Business Park. In order to transfer surface water drainage from the
business park to the new balancing pond we will pipe jack under the A1 (horizontal pile driving). We do not
expect to encounter any contaminated land during this process and we will endeavour to back pump any
water during the construction phase into the existing pond, however if there is any overflow due to poor
weather etc it may enter watercourse 118 to the west of the A1.
Could you advise on any water quality standards or consents that we must meet or require during the
process.
I have attached a drawing detailing the potential location of the pipe jacking.
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.



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Regards

David

David McGeever AIEMA
Environmental Officer
Amey Owen Williams
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From: McGeever, David
Sent: 18 April 2008 12:01
To: Connarty, Nicola
Cc: Langdale, Colin; Walker, Carol; Ferrett, Peter
Subject: FW: Stratton Business Park, Biggleswade, Beds - Contaminated Land Information Request
Nicola,

Information from Andre Douglas below.

Regards

David McGeever
Environmental Officer - Consulting
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From: Andre Douglas [mailto:Andre.Douglas@midbeds.gov.uk]
Sent: 18 April 2008 10:33
To: McGeever, David
Subject: RE: Stratton Business Park, Biggleswade, Beds - Contaminated Land Information Request

    Dear David

   Thank you for your recent enquiries, my responses to which are as follows;

· This department is not aware of any hazardous substance consents within the areas highlighted
on drawing

· We have no records of sites registered under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993

· Enforcements, prohibitions, or prosecutions - None relating to contamination

· Past land uses in 500m radius were diverse. Mostly agricultural, some materials extraction under
what is now Stratton Business Park (backfill not known to have been contaminative in any way),
and a clay pit at South End Farm, now apparently overgrown

· There are no Contaminated Land Register Entries or Notices in the area

· No Closed Landfills within 250m of roundabout



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· Historical information in our records is limited. The 1936 BNG map we have for the area is set
out below.

· Area Geology is largely Woburn Sands, classed as a Major Aquifer

· Reports have been seen by this department for some areas of Stratton Business Park which
show no contamination or related issues

· Area overlays a Major Aquifer




I hope I have been of assistance in this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you
need further assistance or clarification.

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Regards

Andre




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