Work to probe potential contamination at the Barony playing fields in Nantwich has been completed, council chiefs say.

Cheshire East Council carried out tests on potential land contamination with more extensive soil sampling on the former clay pit and domestic refuse tip.

It followed a risk assessment and screening of all the known landfills in the whole Cheshire East area.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the council has to investigate all land which is potentially contaminated because of previous use.

The aim is to ensure that all land is suitable for its current use.

Soil tests showed no significant health risks were found at the Barony.

Groundwater assessments proved there are no significant pollution risks and risks posed by bulk gases were found to be low.

Cllr Les Gilbert, Cabinet member in charge of communities and regulatory services, said: “We have taken numerous steps to investigate this site to ensure that there are no significant hazards to site users or the local community, as any responsible local authority should.

“I am delighted to say that park users and residents should enjoy using the park as they always have.

“We inherited the playing fields from the previous Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, which granted permission for the site to be used as playing fields.

“However, the health of users and residents is a priority for the council, therefore these investigations were necessary.

“We were never aware of any major issues or problems with pollution but it was important that we ensured that this was entirely the case.

“As with all of our sites, we will continue to review this site in light of any new evidence or information.”

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