Waste pile is fi­nally on the right track

Tonnes of rub­ble were dumped at side of rail­way

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.


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