Work restarts on former Brundall garage after concerns over leaking petrol tanks and parking

The former Ford garage at Brundall where construction work on the site has been stopped due to dange

The former Ford garage at Brundall where construction work on the site has been stopped due to dangerous leaks and not meeting planning permission. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Work to redevelop a former garage in Brundall has restarted after the project was halted amid fears over leaking petrol tanks.

The former Ford garage at Brundall where construction work on the site has been stopped due to dange

The former Ford garage at Brundall where construction work on the site has been stopped due to dangerous leaks and not meeting planning permission. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Families in the village also complained that contractors at the former Brundall Motor Company site in The Street were parking on double yellow lines and blocking the road.

While work has restarted at the site, Broadland District Council is awaiting the results of samples which were taken to see if the petrol tanks have contaminated the ground.

A spokesperson from Broadland District Council, said: 'Samples which should have been taken before petrol tanks were removed hadn't been, however samples have now been collected and are being analysed to identify if any pollutants remain on the site.'

People living in the area have complained about construction traffic parking in the busy road and the odour coming from a pile of earth on the site's forecourt - although an environmental health officer said the smell alone was not cause for action.

The former Ford garage at Brundall where construction work on the site has been stopped due to dange

The former Ford garage at Brundall where construction work on the site has been stopped due to dangerous leaks and not meeting planning permission. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Martin Burrekoven-Kalve, who lives nearby, said: 'When they removed the tank diesel was leaking onto the street, it was really slippery and smelt terrible. 'With no development parking on the site they have been parking on double yellow lines and we have seen a lorry get stuck trying to come through.'

The plans for the redevelopment were originally rejected by Broadland District Council before an appeal overturned the decision.

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Norfolk Fire Service attended the Brundall site on Thursday and offered advice about the situation and the council has notified Norfolk Police about the parking issues.

Marshall Demolition, which was subcontracted to the project, and project managers Marshall CDP, were contacted but did not wish to comment.

CNC Building Control visited but found no current cause for concern.

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