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Council task group to probe building waste violation

Scarborough Town Hall, viewed from the foot of the landscaped St Nicholas GardensA council task group has been set up to establish if lessons can be learned following the illegal dumping of more than 2,000 tons of building waste near homes in Scarborough last summer.


The waste from a Yorkshire Coast Homes redevelopment of Sandybed Court was deposited on the site of the disused Rosevale Caravan Park without permission in May and June last year, leaving nearby residents inconvenienced by hundreds of lorries and clouds of dust over their properties. Night-shift workers also complained they were unable to sleep during the day and residents expressed concerns over their health.


Although Scarborough Borough Council’s planning enforcement team acted swiftly to bring the problem under control and the rubble was eventually removed, residents were still left with questions about how and why it could have happened and want assurances it will not happen again.


Now, under a measure known as a Councillor Call for Action initiated by ward member Cllr John Ritchie, a task group has been set up via the council’s Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee.


One of its first duties will be to hold a meeting, open to the public, with residents’ representatives, Yorkshire Coast Homes and its contractors and sub-contractors, and council environmental services, enforcement and planning staff, invited to participate.


It takes place on Wednesday 15 February in the Main Hall at St James’ Church in Falsgrave from 9.30am and is expected to continue until 2pm.


Among the objectives of the review will be to bring information into the public domain and hold contractors, as well as officials from other agencies, to account.


Cllr Ritchie, who is chairing the task group, said: “In my view there was a very serious breach of planning rules and residents living near the site were put out a great deal. They want to know how this could have happened.


“The task group will try and come up with positive recommendations so that lessons can be learned in order to try and prevent this kind of incident occurring again anywhere in the borough.


“I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to come along to the meeting and see how the scrutiny function of the council can work for the benefit of residents.”


Following the meeting, a report from the task group will be drawn up and put before the scrutiny committee for wider discussion.


If there are recommendations in the report which are endorsed by the committee, they will be sent to the relevant authorities or companies for their consideration.
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