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Illegal tip clearance misses deadline

Some aggregate waste remains at an illegal tip in the West Midlands despite a deadline to clear it.

Walsall Council’s planning committee had issued an enforcement notice for the former Aldridge Aggregates & Recycling site to be cleared by the end of April.

But the committee has said it is not now pursuing any enforcement and the Environment Agency (EA) said it was working with the landowner to clear the remaining waste “in a timely way”.

EA environment manager Marc Lidderth said: “We have been working closely with the landowner of the former Aldridge Aggregates site to make sure the waste is cleared, but not at the expense of the taxpayer.

“By the end of January the landowner had cleared approximately 4,400 tonnes of wood waste, which covered most of the site and had posed a very high fire risk to the surrounding community and the environment.

“There remains a small amount of mixed aggregate waste on-site which has been processed, and we are working with the landowner to make sure this is removed appropriately and in a timely way.”

The Midlands Express & Star reported last year that no planning permission had been given to the firm for a commercial site off Middlemore Lane.

The company failed to comply with an original enforcement notice to clear the site by 4 November last year.

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