Report to prevent illegal dumping

A SERIES of recommendations which aim to prevent a repeat of the illegal dumping of 2,000 tonnes of building waste on a disused caravan site in the Falsgrave area have been approved.

They were the result of an investigation by Scarborough Council’s Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee into events surrounding the incident at the Rosevale Caravan Park between May and June last year.

The investigation was led by Cllr John Ritchie who represents residents living in the Falsgrave ward and presented his findings to members of the Cabinet yesterday.

He said a number of different organisations were involved and the dumping and the council’s reputation had suffered as a result of a constant stream of lorries dumping waste from the nearby Yorkshire Coast Homes’ redevelopment of Sandybed Court.

He said: “ We were carrying the can so to speak for the other organisations. This report certainly doesn’t answer all the questions that the residents were asking but it addressed it from a corporate angle.”

The report’s recommendations included:

l Bramall Construction should introduce more comprehensive waste management plans and review communication procedures

l Yorkshire Coast Homes should review Synergy Housing Solutions’ performance as project manager and take part in the review of the waste management plan

l The Environment Agency and local authorities should organise a multi-agency training session to develop an information-sharing protocol

l And all parties should report back to the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee with progress reports by September.

Council leader, Cllr Tom Fox, praised the work of the committee and added: “It wasn’t an easy task.”

Cllr Andrew Backhouse said: “There are lessons to be learned by other people in the construction industry. There was discomfort to residents from the multitude of vehicles. It was somebody doing something illegal without a licence.”

Cllr Fox asked if the recommendations were already be followed by the various organisations.

Cllr Ritchie said: “The organisations involved have given a commitment to the process. They are to report back to us and they’ve agreed to that.”

He added that Bramall Construction had been incredibly helpful during the investigation.

Members of the Cabinet voted to accept the report’s recommendations.