Pictures show Illegal Pilgrims Hatch waste

The scale of the 300 tonnes of waste dumped illegally on Brentwood green belt land has been revealed in pictures.

The landowner of the site in Pilgrims Hatch has been warned the waste must be removed in three months.

The one hectare site off Ashwells Road has to be returned to original condition in four months, Essex County Council as the enforcement agency has added.

Around 300 tonnes of trommel fines and soils has been deposited on the small area of grassed open land.

And following complaints inspectors inspectors visited in February 2022.

Even though the landowner was requested to remove the waste and to cease operations when this was discovered at the time, no significant process was made.

On May 25, Essex County Council as the waste planning authority served an enforcement notice on the landowner ordering a number of conditions to be met.

This enforcement that came into effect on July 5 requires dumping to cease. All waste materials including soils, trommel fines, building waste, concrete, hardcore and other mixed waste has to be removed from the land within three months.

The land has to be restored to its original condition within four months. Trommel Fines is the product resulting from waste transfer sites when they receive material and put it through large cylinders called trommels which then separate the material by size.

Tom McCarthy, enforcement officer at Essex County Council told the regulation committee on July 21: “Discussions did take place with the individual involved and officers had hoped this would be a case we could resolve informally without the need of an enforcement notice.

“However the dead line was not met and activities not ceased, accordingly a decision was made to serve an enforcement notice.”

Councillor Barry Aspinall (Lib Dem, Brentwood North) said: “Local ward councillors have been pulling their hair out because no one was assisting.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter