COMMUNITY leaders have been reacting to reports of elevated levels of lead being found in soil in some gardens.
On Thursday, Welsh health bosses wrote to doctors in Wrexham warning them residents could show signs of lead poisoning.
The alert came following preliminary results of soil sampling tests by Wrexham Council carried out in Coedpoeth and Brymbo, both former lead smelting sites.
The lead smelters in the two villages ceased operation in the mid to late 1800s but some ground contamination could be left on the land.
An email from Dr Judy Hart, consultant in communicable disease control at Public Health Wales, said: “Preliminary results from the testing of these samples have identified lead at elevated concentrations within the soils of many of the residential gardens.”
Responding to the findings, Cllr Paul Rogers, who represents Brymbo ward on Wrexham Council, said: “I’ve been assured by officers that further investigations are taking place.
“Any affected landowners are in the process of being contacted.
“I’d like to reassure residents we are talking about a very limited area of land near to the former lead smelting works.”
Cllr Gareth Griffiths, who represents Coedpoeth ward on Wrexham Council, said: “This issue involves the industrial heritage of our community .
“We need to see the outcome of the full results before determining whether remedial work is necessary.
“I’ll be discussing the matter with officers of Wrexham Council.”
A statement from Wrexham Council said: “We have a statutory duty to identify land that may be contaminated from past industrial activities. Every local authority in the UK has the same duty.
“The council has announced it has undertaken contamination assessment works on two former lead smelters in Wrexham County Borough.
“It can be the case with old industries that some ground contamination is left on the land.
“We are required to assess it and establish whether it’s unacceptable and to see if remedial works need to be undertaken.
“The council is continuing to work with the residents concerned to resolve any issues identified.”