Methane puts play area out of use

A REDUNDANT play area cannot be used again until the levels of methane gas have dropped.Suffolk Coastal District Council is continuing to monitor the amount of gas coming from a former landfill site at Houchell's Meadow, Woodbridge, and it warns that the land cannot be brought back into use until the gas level is reduced.

A REDUNDANT play area cannot be used again until the levels of methane gas have dropped.

Suffolk Coastal District Council is continuing to monitor the amount of gas coming from a former landfill site at Houchell's Meadow, Woodbridge, and it warns that the land cannot be brought back into use until the gas level is reduced.

The council has been testing at the land, previously used for a children's playground until it was shut six years ago for safety reasons, for many years and residents and the town council wants to know if the land can be used again.

Diana Ball, a town and district councillor, said: ''I want some sort of activity which requires neither the surface of the meadow to be broken nor the surface to be levelled. Any suggestions will be gratefully received.

Nigel Barratt, deputy mayor, said:''Unfortunately nothing is likely to be done at Houchell's Meadow until the methane over hundreds of years dissipates.''

The district council had planned to spend £40,000 on replacement play equipment on the meadow but abandoned the proposals after the discovery of the gas.

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