Safety concerns surround beauty spot popular with walkers in North Walsham

North Walsham town clerk Nick Clancy.

North Walsham town clerk Nick Clancy. Photo: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Fears have been voiced that a beauty spot in North Walsham could be a hazard to public safety.

Spa Common sits on the town's old rubbish tip and councillors commissioned a report to determine future uses for the half-acre site.

Now it has emerged concluded that hazardous materials could be buried there and North Walsham Town Councilhas approved a soil survey, which could cost more than £5000, to assess any potential risks hidden underground.

The soil test, expected to cost more than £5,000, is being carried out ahead of any decision on the future use of the half-acre site.

Town clerk Nick Clancy said: 'We need to investigate further before we decide what to do with the site and make sure it is safe.'

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Councillor Garry Bull said: 'If we are prepared to let people walk on there and something happens, where does that leave yourself? We need to bite the bullet and get it tested despite the cost.'

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