Fife Council's contaminated land inspection work

Like all Scottish councils, we have a legal duty to inspect our area to identify and remediate contaminated land (remediation means cleaning it up and making it safe for its current use). This duty is under Part IIA of the Environmental Act 1990 (as amended).

Our work involves carrying out various investigations and risk assessments to make sure a site is suitable for its current use.

We've identified around 7,000 former industrial sites across Fife. However, just because land was once used for industry doesn't mean it's contaminated.

How the law defines contaminated land
The legal definition is:


"Land that appears to the local authority in whose area it is situated to be in such a condition, by reason of substances in, on or under the land that:

  • significant harm is being caused or there is a significant possibility of such harm being caused
  • significant pollution of the water environment is being caused or there is a significant possibility of such harm being caused."

Fife's contaminated land inspection strategy
Producing an inspection strategy is one of our legal duties. It details:

  • how we've identified and prioritised which sites to investigate
  • information about who is responsible for contaminated land and for making it safe
  • the contacts we use for specialist advice.

We published our first strategy in October 2001 and have updated it several times as our programme has progressed. Read our inspection strategy and updates from the publication section on this page.

How we implement our inspection strategy
Contaminated land is a complex and specialised subject, so we've contracted two professional environmental consultants who are experts in this field.

Using their knownledge and experience, and our knowledge of Fife, we work together to identify and investigate sites in line with our strategy.


Contaminated Land
Tel: 01592 583141 Contact Contaminated Land online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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