Colne fury over lack of action on farm tipping

Hubbs House Farm, Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons
Hubbs House Farm, Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons
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Councillors in Colne agreed to send the “strongest requests” to Lancashire County Council to take action to stop illegal tipping at a Colne farm, after Liberal Democrat Coun. Tony Greaves said it was “just not right that planning bureaucrats sit on their bottoms in Preston and do nothing.”

Coun. Greaves revealed a string of problems Hubbs House Farm over the past three years, including fires, tipping, its use as a cannabis farm and for breaking up cars.

Pendle Council had previously closed down the dairy on hygiene grounds.

In a report to the October meeting of the Colne and District Committee, Pendle Planning Manager Neil Watson said Lancashire County Council, as the planning body for minerals and waste matters, had issued two enforcement notices which came into effect on April 23rd, requiring illegal tipping at Delves Lane and Hubbs House Farm to stop.

They also issued Stop Notices requiring the “immediate cessation of the importation and burning of material” on April 1st.

The report said the breach of these requirements “is a matter that should result in an immediate prosecution”. Pendle Council has collected evidence these activities have continued and passed it to the County.

Coun. Greaves told the meeting: “The problems at this farm are complicated but the issue of illegal tipping is quite clear and the inaction of Lancashire County Council is unacceptable.

“The failure to act on Stop Notices for six months is extraordinary. It is just not right that the planning bureaucrats sit on their bottoms in Preston and do nothing.”

He said the position is clear – there is illegal tipping there week by week, month by month. He added: ”If between us we cannot tackle straightforward issues like this and stop it happening, people will rightly ask – what are we all here for?”

The town’s councillors agreed to ask the county council to pursue the non-compliance and seek an injunction to require the removal of deposited material and the cessation of further tipping.

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