Waste site in ap­peal

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

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.”

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