A senior council environmental officer says any contaminated material found at the former Fremington Army Camp is being dealt with appropriately by developers. And responding to concerns raised about the possible presence of asbestos at the site, Andy Cole, North Devon Councils service lead for environmental protection, said the council did not believe there was any immediate risk to public health. Local people have raised concerns about the export of soil from the 277-home Waters Edge and Riverside Park developments, currently being built by Bovis Homes and Barratt Homes. But in a statement Mr Cole said: We have received reports concerning the presence of asbestos at the Fremington Army Camp site. As a result, we have carried out detailed investigations and are satisfied that any contaminated material is being dealt with appropriately by the developer. We do not believe there is any immediate risk to public health. A joint statement from Barratt Homes and Bovis Homes said: Throughout our involvement in the development at Fremington we have been going above and beyond what is required in the normal remediation of a site such as this. We have worked closely with North Devon Council and the Health and Safety Executive to ensure that a robust approach is taken and they have supported our rigorous screening programme. If the screening programme detects small traces of asbestos then the appropriate measures are taken and it is managed by specialists in line with a specific remediation method statement, which includes isolating and quarantining the material. The health and safety of our customers, the public and our contractors remains, and will continue to be, an absolute priority as we deliver these much-needed new homes. North Devon Council also confirmed that some soil had been imported from the former army camp for use at Anchorwood Bank. Mr Cole said: We have also been made aware that some soil from Fremington Army Camp has been imported to Anchorwood Bank for use on that site. Due to the possibility of some asbestos being present, the developer there has stopped importing the material to allow for soil samples to be tested. This investigation is still ongoing, although again, we are satisfied at this stage that the contractor has put the relevant safeguards in place. A spokesperson for Anchorwood developer Wessex Investors confirmed that the company had temporarily suspended importing soil from the former army camp and was carrying out tests on soil already brought from the site as an extra precaution. She said: We have a material management plan agreed with the Environment Agency that outlines the type of soil that can be used on site. Soil has been imported from various sites, including Fremington Army Camp, and all soil is tested for various contaminants, including asbestos, before it comes on site. The soil imported from Fremington is natural soil; it has no man-made material and there is no likelihood that it contains any contaminants. That said, as an extra precaution we have undertaken the temporary suspension of importing soil from Fremington and are re-testing all the soil already brought onto the site from Fremington.