Cheshire East Council has recently completed site investigations on the potential new environmental hub site in Middlewich. These investigations included testing for phosgene and chlorine gas on the site. No traces of either gas were detected.
The checks were carried out from 25 January to 5 February and involved 189 test holes drilled across the site.
The tests, which were carried out by a specialist contractor with the approval of the Health and Safety Executive, checked for phosgene and chlorine gas levels measured in detection limits of 0.1 parts per million (ppm) or 0.0998 milligram per litre (mg/L) and no traces were found.
The location was originally commandeered by the Ministry of Defence during the First World War and for this reason, and for public safety, Cheshire East took the precaution of checking for phosgene and chlorine gas.
Councillor Sam Gardner, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of open spaces, said: “These were very extensive and thorough tests which demonstrated our determination to ensure that the site is safe and that there is no risk to public health.”
“This hub will result in tremendous economic growth for the area, with the creation of jobs producing the natural knock-on effect of more money being spent in Middlewich.”
Future works will continue to be supported by monitoring for the target substances and metal detector screening for buried features.