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8781541258?profile=RESIZE_710x8781549096?profile=RESIZE_710xOngoing issue now over several years. Plant hire business near me, located on outskirts of a small village, dispose of all their tyres, plastics on a huge bonfire once or twice a month. Because it's on the edge of the village people can smell it, but not always identify the source. 

I've physically approached the owner twice now, to complain, have had an ongoing correspondence with environmental health - they monitored and fined him £100 - and it still continues. 

I gave up with environmental health as I concluded if one's brass necked enough, one can get away with...a lot! 

I think a business, no matter the size, has a responsibility  - be it to the residents nearby, the environment etc - to dispose of waste correctly, not pollute the locality. 

Next time he has a fire, I was going to put a post up on the local Facebook community page, just to draw attention to who and what is causing this pollution. I have loads of video/photographic evidence, and think the company need calling out on their behaviour.

 

I also realise this could potentially backfire and cause me a massive headache. So, would you stand up and speak out, do what is right and say what you believe, or shut the windows and ignore the smoke? 

 

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  • PRO

    You should report this to-your local council environmental officer, and they will be down on them like a ton of bricks.

    Do us all a favour and report them, they are causing toxic fumes which is illegal

    • Tried for over a year. The officer would come out and take photos, and I sent video footage. But it was not sufficient. They said they would take them to a magistrates court, if I would be a witness. I agreed, nothing ever came of it. 

  • PRO

    As you've already tried the local council environmental health officer, try the Env Agency direct - especially if there are any brooks or streams running thru or adjacent to the farm.

    Maybe talk to and enlist help of local paper / news ?

    • Good point! Thanks. 

  • PRO

    Tweet your local MP - that often gets a quick response - local elections coming up soon,so good PR for them on this issue might solve your problem :)

    Good luck

    steve

  • PRO

    Ring the fire brigade and report noxious fumes being blown into your house, they have to respond and will report incident to EA.

    • PRO

      I'd imagine if you call out the fire brigade every time they burn and complain of air quality they would soon make a case and deal with it 

      good luck with it 

  • fining him £100 its cheaper than a skip

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