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Gill Heath
Cllr Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities and the Environment

High court injunction order served on unlawful waste site operatives

A high court interim injunction order has been served on two operatives of an unlawful waste site in Staffordshire – prohibiting them from importing or processing material there.

Staffordshire County Council served the interim injunction order this week, meaning no material can be brought onto or processed at Oak Tree Farm at Slitting Mill near Rugeley. Waste material has been burning at the site for a number of weeks.

The order was served on Denis Ward and Steven Reeves-Morgan, who had been bringing waste onto the site unlawfully. They must not bring waste onto the site, not recycle or burn any waste or disturb the waste which is currently burning. In addition, they cannot remove any waste unless it is being taken to an authorised site. Any breach of the order could result in a fine, assets being seized or imprisonment. A full order can be made after a trial, which should take place in early 2017.

Staffordshire County Council’s environment leader Gill Heath said:

We’re pleased to have been able to take positive action against two people who have been operating this unlawful site. Their actions and the fire have caused distress to the local community and have been unacceptable. The county council has served this order on behalf of all of the organisations involved in dealing with this matter. We hope now that the two people who have received the orders take this seriously and comply with them.”

In light of the consistently low and reducing levels of particulates observed at both monitoring sites, the decision has now been taken by Cannock Chase District Council to cease air quality monitoring. The district council will continue to keep the situation under review and will be able to reinstate monitoring at short notice if needed.