More than 60 residents living on contaminated land in Birmingham turned up to a public meeting last night to find out what the council is doing about the problem.
The residents had to endure freezing temperatures after the meeting was forced out outside when they were accidentally locked out of Yardley Wood Gospel Church in Priory Road where the meeting was due to take place.
It was arranged by the Priory Mill Action Group to discuss the problems faced by residents in Willson Croft, The Launde, Bach Mill Drive, Priory Road and Graith Close.
Due to the misunderstanding the group braved temperatures as low as -4C as Coun Susan Burfoot (Lab Billesley) and MP Steve McCabe's (Lab Hall Green) political assistant Fiona Webber answered questions from the residents.
They discussed the current situation involving the remediation of the land, which has been contaminated by arsenic, cadmium and other poisonous chemicals.
Action member Linda Beech of Bach Mill Drive said: "We have tried to keep it in the spotlight. The council seem to have a plan and they seem hell bent on following it. We are not going to allow them to forget about the residents."
Coun Burfoot invited the residents to get in contact with her so she could put their concerns to the council. She said she had questioned senior councillors about the council's progress but had been fobbed off on a number of occasions.
"I asked what was happening and I asked about the council's findings and I received what I consider to be an unsatisfactory response," she said.
"I am supporting the MP Steve McCabe in trying to get the council to apply to the Government for funding to clean up the land."
Fiona Webber criticised Birmingham City Council for its lack of action, even after The Birmingham Post revealed a fortnight ago that it could have cleaned the land two years ago.
She said: "I would have liked to have come to you all to say this has been happening, but two weeks on, nothing has been happening. So urgent for the council is very different to what is urgent for you or me."