When buying a property, there are national web sites which give an assessment of possible hazards in the locality.
With my local knowledge and history of working in North Wales since 1975, I can supplement these generalised searches with specific information for a small donation to a nominated lead mineworkers charity.
I can respond to enquiries within 24 hours and plans can be faxed or emailed as a .pdf – please click here for my contact details.
The Law Society requires solicitors to carry out mining searches in areas where coal mining is known to have taken place in the past.
The Coal Authority report which is issued to solicitors contains sufficient information for hazards to be identified.
Even though copies of all my reports have been sent to the Coal Authority since 1975, on some sites there will be additional detail I can supply to supplement the Coal Authority report.
Solicitors with local knowledge may ask the County Records Office for details of past metal mining activity.
The Records Office reply will be based on their key maps which on a grid 40m square show where they have plans of abandoned mines. It is not a search of geological information, and there is no centre for the deposition of past mining investigations.
For sites in metal mining areas I can usually provide substantial detail on the past mining activity and possible hazards. Given the very localised nature of metal mining hazards, a plan showing the property is essential.
I can turn round an enquiry with 24 hours of receipt of an emailed plan in pdf format.
In coalfield areas, the Coal Authority report is required and this will contain a plan. For metal mining areas, the Land Registry plan is usually sufficient, and a postcode is helpful.
The report will be in letter format and contain donation information.