Families living on a former landfill site have accused Birmingham City Council of ignoring their plight after claims it could have carried out a clean-up of the toxic soil 22 months ago.
Steve McCabe, the MP representing the residents in Hall Green, was told in a meeting with Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw and Defra officials that the council had not made an application for Government support to clean up the poisonous land.
Last year the council said it was in the process of applying for funding for the remediation work of the houses in Bach Mill Drive, Graith Close, The Launde, Priory Road and Willson Croft.
Residents were told to keep young children out of their gardens because of fears of infertility and organ failure as a result of high traces of chemicals including arsenic present in the soil.
Linda Beech, a secretary and resident of Bach Mill Drive, said: "It is absolutely disgusting that they knew they could have done something immediately and have completely ignored it."
Mr McCabe (Lab Hall Green) was also told at the Defra meeting that the council had the power to clean up the land immediately under the Environment Protection Act as there was a threat to human health, a claim it has rejected for nearly two years.
He said: "The way this issue has been handled is a disgrace. We have a council who went out and publicly declared that a whole area of properties were toxically contaminated, but which had not thought through the process of how they would clean up that contamination."
A Birmingham City Council spokeswoman last night said: "The council has been working closely with Defra and its advisers to try and resolve the situation."
However a Defra spokeswoman said: "We definitely have not received any applications from Birmingham City Council for remediation work of the site." ..SUPL: