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Council wins battle over illegal scrap metal site in Hartley Wintney

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Council wins battle over illegal scrap metal site in Hartley Wintney

Published at 6:09pm 5th May 2019.

Two years after an illegal scrap metal business in Hartley Wintney was told to close its site, Hart District Council has been awarded £20,000 in costs.

It comes after an ongoing court case with the dealer whose scrap metal and motor salvage operation was located in Totters Lane.

In April 2017 the council issued a site closure order to stop the business trading illegally, afer it was found the dealer was dismantling vehicles without a licence.

The business had also spread onto public roads and the area next to it - a Site of Special Scientific Interest - "causing blight, environmental damage and impacting on local residents," according to the council.

When the business ignored the order and continued to trade, the council went to court for the closure order, which was granted on March 14 2019.

On April 18 of this year, the council was awarded costs by Basingstoke Magistrates Court.

During the hearing, it was agreed that, as there had been significant progress by the dealer in clearing the site, the dealer be given a further two weeks to finish it off.

Patricia Hughes, Joint Chief Executive at Hart District Council, said:

“This is a very positive result for the Council. We have been working hard with partner agencies and local residents over the past two years to gain evidence to bring this case to the court. I thank the Environmental Health team for their continued work on this case and for pioneering the new legislation to make sure this business is accountable for its reckless actions. I’m delighted that this matter is finally resolved.”

The council says its Environmental Health team are responsible for Scrap Metal Dealers licensing and says it will take firm action against unlicensed businesses.



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