22nd Oct, 2020

Councillor calls for action over 'continual dumping' at Marlbrook Tip

Tristan Harris 20th May, 2020 Updated: 20th May, 2020

ILLEGAL dumping at Marlbrook Tip must be stopped – that is the view of the Bromsgrove Labour Leader who has called on the district council to take action.

Coun Peter McDonald said over the years thousands of tonnes above the permitted amount were deposited there, changing the landscape and potentially leading to land, water and air pollution.

“Nobody knows what was really dumped there in the first place, whether there were chemicals and non-biodegradable materials in the waste that affect the physical environment and the waterways by contaminating groundwater and soil.

“However, no action was taken by the district council – only meaningless words which are of no comfort to anyone.

“Furthermore, the council gave the assurance this would never happen again but once again lorries are dumping at the site and the council is turning a blind eye.”

Due to the size of the pool at Marlbrook Tip it is classified as a reservoir and the site’s operator must comply with the Reservoirs Act 1975, legislation enforced by the Environment Agency.

In a statement on its website the council, as the planning authority, accepts Marlbrook Tip is in an unacceptable state and work needed to be carried out on it.

A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said: “While we are aware of the issues raised by Coun McDonald, including recent small scale tipping, the council cannot comment further as this could jeopardise any future action we take.”

She added a section on the council’s website detailed the issues raised by Coun McDonald.

Click here for Marlbrook Tip and click here to report fly-tipping in Bromsgrove district.

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