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Council acts over illegal waste at brickworks site

Words: Laura Edgar
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The High Court has granted Calderdale Council’s application for an injunction against people operating an illegal waste site at the former Calder Brickworks in Elland.

Planning enforcement officers from the council have visited the site several times and found evidence that amounted to an alleged breach of planning control.

Waste was still being disposed of without the relevant environmental permit, the council explained.

It has been monitoring activities and had to issue a stop notice and enforcement notice to the owners and users of the site, which were ignored.

The injunction has been granted against Shelmerdine Haulage Limited, Bradleigh Shelmerdine and Arthur Hartley. It prohibits a number of activities on the site, such as the importation, deposit, storing and sorting of waste and also requires existing waste to be removed and the land to be restored to its previous condition.

Should the owners and users of the site not comply with the injunction, it would be considered contempt of court, which could result in a prison sentence.

Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and resources, said: “This has been a long-running case, with those responsible showing blatant disregard for enforcement measures.

“Regulations are in place to protect people and the environment, and the serious nature of this case has forced us to use every legal power at our disposal to put a stop to the persistent breaches of planning control.

“The continued pattern of wagons entering the site and tipping waste, despite previous council action, led us to conclude that the only option was to seek an injunction to ensure that activity on site stops as soon as possible.

“Council officers will continue to monitor the site and will not hesitate to take further action, which could lead to severe consequences for those responsible.”

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