A TEMPORARY order had to be put in place to prevent building waste being dumped on land off Lightfoots Road after residents raised concerns over the amount that was being transported.
According to neighbours around 20 truckloads per day were rumbling along the quiet street and there were concerns over issues such as pollution and the scale of the operation.
And, when the Evening News visited the area earlier this week, a huge pile of concrete, bricks and other building waste could clearly be seen on Rosevale Caravan Park.
Jill Low, Scarborough Council’s planning manager, said planning enforcement officers had been called in to investigate the situation after they were contacted by ward councillors about the unauthorised tipping operation.
She added: “Officers have advised the councillors of the outcome of investigations and they are liaising with local residents about the matter. Officers talked to all the parties involved and the Environment Agency, and served a temporary stop notice in order to bring the matter under control.
“The majority of the waste building materials that have been tipped at Rosevale Caravan Park need to be removed, with a small proportion retained in aggregate form on the site for improvement works. Most of the material will be crushed on site to form aggregate that will then be taken away.
“The unauthorised use of the site is not condoned, but the council’s first priority is to rectify the situation quickly in a manner that causes least impact to residents’ amenities.“
Cllr John Ritchie, who represents people living in the Falsgrave ward, said he was contacted by concerned residents. He said: “I think it’s perfectly normal for people to be concerned. If they start seeing dozens of lorry loads of rubble being taking past their homes without any explanation of where it’s going or what it’s being used for the obviously they are going to express their concerns.
“In future, when levels of activity such as this take place near peoples’ homes, they should be informed before it happens. It doesn’t seem too much to ask for and I will be doing all I can to ensure this kind of activity doesn’t happen again without residents being made aware beforehand.”
It is understood that the temporary stop notice was issued to the contractors Bramall Construction Ltd, sub-contractor East Yorkshire Recycling and landowner Salvador King.
Under the terms of the notice they were prevented from using the site for unauthorised dumping of building waste. Cllr Ritchie said: “The fact that this was only the third time such a stop notice has been issued in the past five years can be seen as an indication of how seriously the council views this matter.”
Cllr Pat Marsburg, who also represents residents living in the ward and lives in nearby Sandybed Court, said: “Nobody knew what they were going to do at the site until they did it. We knew it had to be moved. The planning enforcement officers worked very hard to come to some resolution and I am happy with what they have done. They have to move it off the site and, wherever it ends up, it should have gone there in the first place.”
She added that she would be monitoring the situation.