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Buildings Refurbishment

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is his estimate of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 to date and (d) 1997-98 full year; and if he will make a statement. [26658]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 5 February 1998]: The answer is as follows:

£000
(a) 1995-96(b) 1996-97(c) 1997-98 (to date)(d) 1997-98 (estimate)
Department (including Executive Agencies)13,42738,4229,07312,605
Executive Agencies4,3214,3372,9525,102


The main costs are due to the need to relocate out of 2 Marsham street.

Development (Easington)

Mr. Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the total acreage of brown-field sites available for development for (a) industry, (b) housing, (c) leisure and (d) reclamation in the district of Easington indicating the location of such sites. [28245]

Mr. Raynsford: This information is not held centrally. I understand, however, from the information held by the local planning authority, Easington District Council, that the total acreage of brown-field sites available and their location are shown in the following table.

Brown-field sites

LocationHectares
(a) for industry, 156 hectares in total located at
Blackhall5.0
Cold Heseldon0.3
Dalton Flatts, Murton16.0
Dawdon Colliery14.0
Hawthorn Cokeworks42.0
Murton Street, Murton4.0
Peterlee North East2.4
Peterlee North West26.0
Peterlee South West18.0
Seaham Grange7.6
Sea View, Horden15.0
South Hetton2.2
Thornley Station3.3
Wingate Grange0.5
(b) for housing, 123 hectares in total, located at
Peterlee16.9
Seaham50.0
Castle Eden2.6
Easington6.8
Haswell3.7
Hawthorn0.5
Hesleden1.5
Horden3.0
Murton7.3
South Hetton1.0
Shotton3.3
Thornley5.1
Trimdon11.2
Wheatley Hill4.8
Wingate5.3
(c) for leisure, 85.5 hectares in total, located at
Easington Colliery30.0
Haswell, Durham Lane3.5
Murton Colliery7.0
Dalton Flatts, Murton20.0
Adjacent Leisure Centre, Peterlee3.0
Vane Tempest Colliery, Seaham6.0
Seaham Colliery8.0
North Dock, Seaham3.0
Parkside, Seaham2.0
East of Seaham Town Centre3.0
(d) for reclamation, 171 hectares in total, located at
Easington Colliery30.0
Hawthorn Cokeworks82.0
Seaham Collier14.0
Vane Tempest Colliery, Seaham25.0
Easington Colliery, Spoil Heap10.0
Horden Colliery Spoil Heap10.0


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Mr. Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is the total acreage of brown-field sites and green-field sites in the district of Easington proposed for housing development in the next five years indicating the location of such sites. [28244]

Mr. Raynsford: This information is not held centrally. I understand, however, from the information held by the local planning authority, Easington District Council, that the total acreage of brown-field sites and green-field sites proposed for housing development in the next five years and their locations are shown on the following tables.

Brown-field housing sites, 122.79 hectares in total

SiteHectares
Peterlee, Beverley Way3.19
Peterlee, Acre Rigg4.04
Peterlee, Westcott Road0.28
Peterlee, Eden Lane School1.80
Peterlee, Oakerside West5.00
Peterlee, Edenhill Road0.10
Peterlee, South of Yoden Way2.50
Seaham, Seaham View0.30
Seaham, Deneholm Miners' Centre0.67
Seaham, Embleton Street0.18
Seaham, Viceroy Street0.22
Seaham, Dawdon Crescent0.15
Seaham, Deneside2.90
Seaham, Dalton Grange2.60
Seaham, St. Mary Magdalene School0.85
Seaham, Seaham Colliery13.44
Seaham, Vane Tempest Colliery25.00
Seaham, Deneside 3.20
Seaham, Lawnside 0.20
Seaham, Parkside0.37
Castle Eden, south of Haswell-- Hart Walkway1.70
Castle Eden, Castle Eden Golf Club0.86
Easington, Wordsworth Road0.66
Easington, Easington Colliery2.00
Easington, Cadwell Lane Depot1.50
Easington, Village Green0.30
Easington, Comet Hill0.10
Easington, Cornwall Street0.40
Easington, Thorpe Nursery1.77
Haswell, east of George Street0.30
Haswell, west of Blossomfield3.10
Haswell, Durham Lane0.25
Hawthorn, West Farm0.47
Hesleden, east of Station Road1.50
Horden, former colliery site3.00
Murton, Rex Cinema0.30
Murton, Murton Colliery5.27
Murton, Northern Bus Depot0.70
Murton, west of The Avenue1.00
South Hetton, Windermere Road0.27
South Hetton, north of Fallowfield Terrace0.68
Shotton, Victoria Street0.60
Shotton, Windsor Place2.00
Shotton, Dene Terrace0.10
Shotton, Salters Lane0.38
Shotton, Dene Crescent0.17
Thornley, Thornley House0.75
Thornley, north of Hartlepool Street2.04
Thornley, School Green0.46
Thornley, south of Hartlepool Street1.89
Trimdon Station, east of Margaret Terrace0.50
Trimdon Station, Margaret Terrace and east of Malvern Crescent1.66
Trimdon Station, land north of Wingate Road9.04
Wheatley Hill, Numbered Street1.50
Wheatley Hill, Scrapyard, Back Lane0.50
Wheatley Hill, Weardale Park1.40
Wheatley Hill, Wingate Lane0.22
Wheatley Hill, Church Park0.88
Wheatley Hill, Quilstyle Road0.30
Wingate, north of Rodridge Street2.50
Wingate, Market Crescent0.62
Wingate, former Auction Rooms0.90
Wingate, Rodridge House0.46
Wingate, Station Lane, Station Town0.80


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Green-field sites, 59.13 hectares in total

SiteHectares
Peterlee, north of Lowhills Road19.90
Peterlee, Thorpe Hospital Site1.28
Blackhall, land north of the B12811.00
Blackhall, land north of Hesleden Road3.10
Castle Eden, Bankside0.10
Castle Eden, south of Village Hall0.30
Castle Eden, east of Dene View1.34
Castle Eden, grounds of large dwellings1.00
Castle Eden, The Paddock1.09
Easington, land south of Seaside Lane6.22
Haswell, west of Plough Farm0.20
Hawthorn, Coop Farm1.88
Seaton, north of Seaton Lane1.65
South Hetton, Fallowfield Terrace2.00
South Hetton, Oakwood/Hawthorn Rise2.10
Shotton, north of Station Road3.64
Trimdon Station, land south of Wingate Road4.70
Wingate, Moor Lane2.55
Wingate, north of A. J. Dawson School2.60
Wingate, south of Wellfield By-pass2.48


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Sellafield

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what inspections of Sellafield have taken place by Euratom inspectors since 1 May 1997. [28173]

Angela Eagle: Article 35 of the Euratom Treaty requires Member States to establish facilities for the continuous monitoring of the levels of radioactivity in the environment. The European Commission periodically arranges for groups of experts to visit Member States to verify the operation and efficiency of these facilities.

The most recent verification visits to the UK took place in May and December 1993 and evaluated monitoring facilities in the vicinities of Dounreay and Sellafield respectively. The Commission concluded that the monitoring facilities met the required standard on both occasions.

Sapphire

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the progress made so far on the consultation process he announced following the loss of the fishing vessel Sapphire; when this consultation began; how many officials in his Department have been involved in the consultation process; which organisations have been contacted; and when he expects the findings to be announced. [27533]

Ms Glenda Jackson [holding answer 5 February 1998]: The Consultation document which we propose to publish will address many complex issues and it is necessary to have the input of a number of Government Departments beforehand to ensure that it is as comprehensive as possible and correctly addresses all the relevant issues.

This process is naturally taking some time and consequently I am not as yet in a position to be able to inform the hon. Member when the paper will be published or the findings of the consultation announced.


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