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Council supports new legislation over landfill concerns

Lewes District Council is supporting a proposed new law to tighten controls over contaminated land.

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The law is named after Zane Gbangbola, a seven-year-old boy whose parents say he was killed by gas from landfill when the River Thames flooded in 2014.

Zane's Law calls for measures that would include councils keeping public registers of contaminated sites.

Councillor Imogen Makepeace proposed the motion at Full Council on February 19.

She said: "Many thousands of people live near such potentially dangerous former landfill sites and are entirely unaware of the risks that they pose."

The council will now write to the Prime Minister, Health Secretary and Environment Secretary to express support for new legislation based on the principles of Zane's Law and ask that the government funds councils to meet the requirements of it.

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