Waste pile is finally on the right track
Tonnes of rubble were dumped at side of railway
helped him to be able to do that. We felt so lucky to have the nurses there to help with dad’s medication and to just talk to and ask for advice.” A MOUNTAIN of rubbish that caused misery for neighbours has finally been cleared despite the company to blame disappearing completely from the records.
Nearly 88,000 tonnes of waste had lain for the past seven months alongside railway sidings at Thorney Mill, Iver, and had at points reached 12 metres high,
The pile of building material, concrete, and road surface, which stretched for a quarter of a mile at a rail freight d depot between Thorney P Park Golf Course and the River Colne, was brought there by waste company LSD in 2011.
They had originally intended to move it on by rail to a landfill site, under
CLEAN UP: Above the remains of the rubble and left, the nearly 88,000 tonnes that was left at Thorney Mill sidings the terms of the land’s Lawful Use Certificate, but neighbours soon complained that concrete and rubble was being illegally stockpiled, crushed and sieved.
The county council’s enforcement team was called into action in 2013 and along with rail freight company D B Schenker Rail UK and waste management company FCC Environment managed to move it to the Calvert landfill site in the north of the county.
Enforcement officer Olivia Stapleford said: “‘This definitely wasn’t allowed so we acted to stop it.
“But suddenly the company disappeared and we could find no trace of them. So we had a mountain of waste that could be moved legally only by rail, and no one with any trains to shift it. It just sat there, and we weren’t going to allow to be moved by road.”
County councillor Ruth Vigor-Hedderly said: “This mountain of stuff would have taken well over 4,000 lorries to move by road, and I was determined my residents were not going to be put through that kind of misery. There are already too many heavy goods vehicles using sensitive routes around the area.”
It is believed the joint operation saved the county council more than £1.5 million in disposal costs and taxes.