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Topic # 248020 7-Mar-2019 10:58
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Soon will move to the new development area (near Wallaceville train station) at Wallaceville. By chance read the post at 


It mentioned contamination of
Wallaceville, former Ag research, Private Plan Change 40, (PC40) Upper Hutt. I'm wondering how bad is it? Is it a urban legend or some undercover truth?

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  Reply # 2192908 7-Mar-2019 11:38
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This is from the other side


all the submission are here


including the environment counrt decision that gave permission after if denied an appeal from one of the submitters

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  Reply # 2192946 7-Mar-2019 12:45
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Reading that post hurt my head.. it just absolutely screams "paranoid nutjob" to me.





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  Reply # 2192979 7-Mar-2019 13:22
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Random, I was just searching for something on an unrelated property and came across one of the Contamination reports.  Go back to Geekzone and see this thread!


Haven't had a chance to read the info, but the 'contamination' in that area is definitely something most people in Upper Hutt have heard rumours of.  I remember hearing a fair bit from my dad when I was a kid (30+ years ago), through to more recent times.  There's probably just as many (if not more) rumours about the developers.  They seem to own half of Upper Hutt, have quite a bit of influence, etc.  Along with that comes tales of dodgy deals and tactics.  Or at least the perception of it.


Personally, I wouldn't live there even if it was safe.  I own a house over the other side of the railway lines with a decent size section and better access to everything.


A local real estate agent told my wife he thinks the whole development is going to turn into a big rental dumping ground.  But then when do you believe anything a REA says...

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  Reply # 2192983 7-Mar-2019 13:30
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Many urban areas were once farmland , some urban areas were once used as unofficial dumps
So god knows whats under & in the soil, everywhere


cadmium contamination from superphosphate .
Dioxin & other nasties from commonly used sprays back then
lead in much of our soils , from when that was widely used in paint, petrol etc
unrecorded asbestos dump sites (as per recent discoveries in Sth Ak)


We've all been living with this , all our lives. So actual risk may be near zero

If in doubt, get some deep soil samples and get that tested . Could take many years for the nasties to start
leaching up to the fresh topsoil though

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