A video still of the Telford Homes site. Image: Peter Bennett

Telford Homes has announced work will restart on a contaminated Hackney Wick site which has drawn the ire of local residents.

Residents had reported headaches and nausea from fumes emanating from the site, and Telford had ceased works following a complaint from nearby Mossbourne Riverside primary academy about the effects on its students.

Leaflets were handed out in the area at around 4pm today stating that Telford will progress with above-ground works on Tuesday 16 October, finishing construction of capping beams on the Stone Studios redevelopment.

Following a meeting of the Hackney Wick and Fish Island cultural interest group on 12 October, a London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) representative stated: “Telford won’t be allowed to start works until we get to the bottom of the issue and make sure that we have mitigation in place.”

According to Telford Homes, the LLDC, which holds planning authority for the site, subsequently gave permission that same day for Telford to progress with above-ground works after the meeting.

Telford has submitted a “re-evaluated bulk excavation works methodology to the LLDC [which is] yet to be approved.”

LLDC, Telford Homes and Hackney Council have all been approached for comment.

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