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Technical studies at Wisloe explained

Residents may notice activity on the Wisloe site over the coming weeks, as part of early investigations agreed with local authority partners.

This post explains what's happening and why, and how you can find out more if you have any questions.

What's happening

The Wisloe project team has appointed professional experts to conduct two separate technical studies over the coming weeks.

The work includes:

  • A geophysical survey, which uses non-invasive methods to create images that allows archaeologists to map any features present. This work starts on 29 August and is expected to last for a couple of weeks.
  • A mineral resource assessment, comprising of boreholes and laboratory testing to understand the quality of minerals present on site. This work takes place in early September.

This work is done in collaboration with Wales and West Utilities, who will be on site to oversee the work. It is in line with their best practice guidance.

It follows earlier studies on the site and meets local authority recommendations for partners to carry out further work.

This doesn't mean development work is starting right now, or that any significant material is present on the site. We are choosing to carry out this work at an early stage to help us better understand what's on site, to inform any future plans for Wisloe.

Once this survey is completed, the project team will take some time to consider any findings. We will keep the community and stakeholders updated once this has happened.

How the work is carried out

The geophysics field team includes a small number of surveyors with a small van, parked in designated areas. They use GPS and garden canes to mark out the areas for surveying.

The minerals surveys will be conducted through drilling about 40 boreholes. This will help the team analyse the type and distribution of the minerals on the site.

We will keep you informed about the progress of these studies and any further developments.

Below are some answers to questions you may have. You can also find more information on our website. If you have any more questions about Wisloe, please feel free to contact us.

Q1: Why are you doing this work now?

A1: The geotechnical studies are investigating the type and quality of minerals present on the Wisloe site. Geophysics studies help archaeologists map any features that may need preserving. This information is important for future planning and potential development work.

Q2: Will these investigations work lead to immediate development on the site?

A2: No. The current investigation is solely focused on understanding what's present on the site. Any future development is subject to separate planning permissions and approvals. We will continue to keep the community updated on this.

Q3: How long will the investigation work take?

A3: The investigation work is expected to run between late August and mid-September. The project team will then need time to consider the findings. We can't say at this stage how long this process will take.

Q4: Why are Wales and West Utilities involved?

A4: Wales and West Utilities are working with us to mark out the route of the gas main as part of the investigation process.

Q5: Are there any environmental impacts from the investigation work?

A5: No. We are following best practices and regulations to ensure environmental protection during the process.

Q6: Will the surveyors need to access private properties during the investigation?

A6: The investigation will primarily take place on the Wisloe site, and we are in contact with tenants to advise them of the work. If there is any need for access, we will contact property owners beforehand.

Q7: As you are working near a high-pressure gas main, what steps are being taken to ensure public safety during the investigation?

A7: We prioritise public safety during all activities. This work is carried out in collaboration with Wales and West Utilities and National Gas. It is fully in line with their guidance.

Q8: How can we provide feedback during the investigation?

A8: We welcome your feedback. Our contact page has more information about how you can stay in touch with us.