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Tip deadline missed

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:35:05

The Environment Agency is stepping in to carry out safety work on Marlbrook Tip after the site’s owners failed to meet the deadline to do it themselves.

This will mean bringing more material on to the site, where residents suffered more than ten years of lorries thundering up and down the Lickeys as more than a million cubic metres of waste was over-tipped there – under the watch of Bromsgrove District Council.

The Environment Agency is now in charge because a balancing pond on the former tip was deemed a “reservoir”, and their engineer has ordered a minimum of 300mm of soil to be spread over the site to ensure the pond is safe.

A meeting of the Marlbrook Tip Working Group, convened by the council, heard that the owner had not responded to a letter from the agency sent after the deadline of August 31.

Fiona Upchurch, an agency officer, told the group an assessment of the work to be done was still being carried out and there was no timescale for its start or completion.

Coun Brian Cooper asked if the cost of the work would be passed on to the site’s owner. The agency confirmed this and said if it was not paid a charge would be placed against the site with the Land Registry.

Bromsgrove head of planning Ruth Bamford said she would expect the Environment Agency to submit a planning application to carry out the work, which would be subject to the usual 13-week timetable, with a public consultation period.

A named planning officer would be allocated to liaise with the agency.

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