Former Coking Works cash boost

A project to clean up one of Western Europe's most contaminated sites has been given a major cash boost from the government. The former Avenue Coking Works in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, will receive £104.5 million through English Partnerships' national coalfields programme. The money will be used to drive forward a reclamation strategy for the 98ha site, which is severely contaminated after decades of mining activity and lime, iron and coke production. All 400,000 tonnes of contaminated material will now be treated on site rather than being transported elsewhere for disposal.

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