Deadline ignored over mountain of rubbish

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A skip hire firm that has failed to remove a mountain of waste is now facing further enforcement action.

The Environment Agency served Noble Waste Management with a legal notice to reduce the amount of waste at its Thornes Lane Wharf site by last Thursday but the company failed to do so.

The agency is now considering taking further enforcement action against the company.

Catherine Saxon, Environment Agency environment manager, said: “The agency is continuing to investigate Noble Waste Treatment’s operation in Thornes Lane Wharf, where the company has accumulated excessive amounts of waste.

“Earlier this year we served a legal notice on the company requiring it to clear some of the waste from the site.

“Our officers visited the site last week and we can confirm that the requirements of the notice were not met by the given deadline of Thursday, November 27.

“We are now considering taking further enforcement action against the company.”

Part of the land is owned by Wakefield Council, leading to fears that taxpayers will end up paying for the waste removal.

Environmental campaigner Paul Dainton, president of Residents Against Toxic Scheme, said: “It’s a disgrace.

“The rubbish stands out like a mountain.

“Legal action should have been taken ages ago or at the very least on the date the original notice ran out.

“Wakefield Council and the tax payers will end up being left with the bill.”

Nobles were contacted by the Express but declined to comment.