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Surplus Topsoil Available

he Comhairle is seeking expressions of interest from individuals, local community groups, businesses and partner agencies who are interested in obtaining unscreened surplus topsoil arising from the Goathill development, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and is currently stockpiled at our Bennadrove site
In promoting the sustainable reuse of greenfield soils, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have produced regulatory guidance detailing those uses which are acceptable. In broad terms, the topsoil can be used for general landscaping up to 150mm (6”) thick, construction of roads and verge areas and the formation of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) ponds.   Using the material for planting beds and use within polytunnels, polycarbonate tunnels, greenhouses or similar is also acceptable.  However, it cannot be used for stockpiling on third party sites or backfilling of quarries, and neither can it be used for resale purposes.

The Topsoil Application Form should be completed, where applicants are required to provide a clear description of intended use, location, quantity sought, confirmation of land ownership status, and any requirement for planning permission.
In the first instance the application form will be used to assess proposals and in due course, for successful applicants, this form would serve as the Declaration Form required by SEPA as outlined in their regulatory guidance.

There will be no charge for the raw material but there will be a small administration and loading fee in accordance with the table below.   
The Comhairle will manage and operate the loading procedure and will provide the necessary labour and plant for this at Bennadrove.  However, successful applicants will be required to make their own arrangements for pick-up and delivery of the material and meet all associated haulage costs.
Applicants are responsible for checking the towing capacity, weight restrictions and general fitness of all vehicles, trailers, plant and equipment which they intend to use for collection of topsoil.

The Comhairle will not be liable for any damage or injury caused as a result of any vehicle or trailer being loaded beyond its capacity.  The Comhairle may, but shall have no responsibility to, restrict or refuse the loading of a vehicle or trailer if it suspects that the vehicle or trailer would not safely take the requested load.

In terms of quantities, requests for topsoil within the range of 1-1000 tonnes will be considered.  There are various online calculator tools that can assist applicants in estimating the volume required.

Please note that all collections must be made prior to 29th June 2024


Loose Unscreened Topsoil£18 PER TONNE
Bagged Topsoil£35 PER 1 TONNE BAG
Administration/Loading Fee (including Vat)