Waste site in appeal
A THREE-MONTH closure order issued on part of a waste site has been temporarily lifted ahead of a court appeal hearing.
The TH Smith site on Meadow Street in Great Harwood was hit with the closure order by Blackburn Magistrates last month after reports of ‘nuisance burning’. Police later erected fencing to enforce the order at the site. However, Judge Simon Newell, sitting at Preston Crown Court, has now lifted the closure order and replaced it with a new court order making it a contempt of court for any fires to be lit on the site before the two-day appeal starting on November 2. A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “Following a closure order being served against the T.H Smith site in Great Harwood, an appeal has been lodged and will be held on November 2 and 3 at Preston Crown Court.
“In the interim, following a court hearing this morning, the closure notice has been replaced with a court order making it a contempt of court for any fires to be lit at the site between now and the start of the appeal. We see this very much as a positive step as the consequences for any fire being deliberately started at the site are now tougher.
“We would like to reassure the public that we will continue to monitor activity at the site and if any members of the public see smoke coming from it, we would urge them to get in touch with us straight away on 101.”