Council task group to probe building waste violation
A 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
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
“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
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.