But I couldn’t ask Stockport Council because the LibDem Dodgies had banned all questions in order to conceal the fact that the primary school site was contaminated.

24 September 2009 17:32
Ms Oliver,

Your request under the FOIA should be directed to Stockport Council, it is their information and we are not at liberty to divulge any information held by ourselves without their permission.



Neil Atkinson

Email sent – 24 September 2009 04:46

Dear Mr Atkinson

You would appear to have forgotten to get back to me.

So, under the FOIA and EIR, please let me have all emails, notes of telephone conversations or meetings, memos, letters, minutes of meetings or any written information held following the issues I raised with you about the inadequacy of the contamination investigations at the site of the proposed mega school and nursery at Harcourt Street, North Reddish, Stockport.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Mrs S J Oliver

Stockport’s Freedom of Information Campaigner


Email sent – Sent: Fri May 22 17:43:07 2009

Mr Atkinson

Many thanks for your reply.

GMGU did the contamination investigations for a proposed 500 pupil school, nursery and children’s centre on a still gassing, former Jackson’s Brickyard intensively tipped from 1954 to 1974. The standard of contaminations investigations is a disgrace and not one contamination pit was dug over the site of the proposed school which is over the site of the old tip. This was at Harcourt Street, North Reddish, Stockport for Stockport Council.

The school should have opened in September 2008 but as local people are so dead against it we have managed to throw legal challenge after legal challenge in its path, so nothing GMGU has done has so far put children and babies in danger.

I have masses and masses of documentary evidence if you want to see it – I would come at any time to suit you If you, as a new broom, decided to retract the report that would show GMGU in a better light.

Regarding Aquinas College at Heavily, Stockport for their new building I am less sure of my facts, which is why I made the FOI request. They are also building on a contaminated site. A report by Faber Maunsell was used to get the application through planning, but during construction the contamination work seems to have been downgraded.

I work in a busy cancer department. In 2005 I had to get 22 lorry loads of soil contaminated with heavy metals removed from a new housing estate in Stockport at Trident Foams, Offerton. I live in Romiley where Redrow should have removed toxic waste from the old bleachworks site. They didn’t and then told people not to grow fruit and vegetables. I know from my work that people from that site are going down with massive bladder cancers 25 years down the line. Things most certainly are not dealt with properly in Stockport

I am not after blood. I just want safety for babies and young children and certainly at the Harcourt Street site this will not be delivered, with BS 10175 not complied with as was claimed, children to be protected from toxic hotspots by prickly bushes (what happens when the leaves soak up the contaminants and fall off?) and the potential for asbestos fibres to be vented into the school building and playground with vented landfill gases.

I hope you will take this seriously and you can look yourself at GMGU’s report and the paucity of the contamination investigation points. Not one was dug over the football pitch which is where the school is going – please see the attached Google photo. Incidentally, some of the others were never dug because the Council did not own that land.

Kind regards



Friday, May 22, 2009 11:56 AM


Please accept my apologies but can you provide me with a bit more information here. Simon Talbot is no longer with the business and I have taken over his responsibilities.

Am I not clear in regards to who you are and who your represent? Any information you could provide me with would help me greatly.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly.



Neil Atkinson

Associate Director (Environment, Geotechnics and Instrumentation)

Capita Symonds / UrbanVision Partnership / GMGU

10th Floor Emerson House

Albert Street



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