A waste site in Great Harwood which has been subject to numerous complaints from members of the public has today been given a closure order.
The T.H.Smith site on Meadow Street was subject to a hearing at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on Friday 15th September, following a temporary closure notice being served on the site earlier this month. This came about as a result of a joint operation at the site between Lancashire Police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and Hyndburn Borough Council.
Today’s ruling means the commercial side of the site generating the smoke must cease all operations for the next three months. In addition any persons who that part of the site will be subject to arrest. This plans supports other partnership activity such the removal of the air burner that was largely responsible for burning and Community Protection Notice prohibiting "the lighting and burning of waste producing smoke".
A spokesman said: “We are pleased that magistrates have seen fit to hand the T.H.Smith waste site a closure order as it is unacceptable that members of the public should have to live side-by-side with criminal, antisocial and environmental activities that have such an impact on their lives.
“The order will last for three months. We hope this reassures members of the local community that we are doing everything we can to address their concerns. If activity does continue at the site we will continue to work as a partnership, and will use all the powers available to us to ensure those responsible are dealt with accordingly.
“Today’s result is a positive step forward for the community of Hyndburn, and we would like to thank them for their patience and support while we have been working to reach this point.”