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Friday 3 April 2015

Firm hit with £10,000 bill for running unauthorised tip


A landfill company must pay a fine and costs totalling nearly £10,000 after ignoring a legal notice issued by Cheshire East Council.

It follows unauthorised landfill and tipping operations that were carried out on land adjacent to Tollgate Farm on Linley Lane, Alsager.

After receiving complaints, the Council issued a temporary stop notice on April 4 last year.

Stop notices are issued under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and are designed to prevent building work or other activities being carried out without planning consent.

But when the unauthorised operations continued, a decision was taken to prosecute Talke Land Reclamation Limited, the company running the tip.

After a trial at Crewe Magistrates Court on Thursday, March 26, the company was found guilty of breaching the terms of the notice. It was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay the Council's legal costs of £2,789.69 in full.

Caroline Simpson, Cheshire East Council’s executive director of economic growth and prosperity, said: “In this case operations on site continued, despite the fact that a formal stop notice had been served.

“We take breaches of planning control very seriously and will not hesitate to take appropriate action against developers who continue to flout planning regulations.”

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