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Further court action promised over Brierley Hill waste pile
5:15pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
THE Environment Agency says it will be returning to court yet again after a Brierley Hill waste firm missed its deadline for clearing a mammoth pile of rubbish that has been overshadowing people’s homes.
Refuse Derived Fuel director Robert McNaughton is already facing six months in jail for breaching undertakings he gave to the High Court last year about clearing the waste pile - which at its worst stood at 40-feet.
The prison sentence, handed out at a hearing in June, was suspended until December 23 - and he was ordered to clear the entire Moor Street site by September 10.
However - the latest deadline has now been missed and tonnes of household rubbish remain at the site, so Environment Agency bosses have vowed to return the case to court.
A spokesman for the EA said: “From our visits to the site, it appears the company and Mr McNaughton have failed to comply with the Judge’s order to clear the site of waste by September 10.
“We have always believed the most important thing is to get the site cleared and we are currently assessing the evidence of failure to comply with a view to taking the case back before the court.”
She added: “The six-month sentence, which automatically starts in December, is because Mr McNaughton was found in contempt for breaches of some of the promises he previously made to the court (on June 18 2012) and also, for not complying with the part of the December 10 2012 injunction which required the front of the site to be cleared.”
Mr McNaughton and former RDF director Sharon McCann were also ordered to pay the Environment Agency’s legal costs.
The EA now aims to talk to the landowners, ward councillors, Dudley Council and West Midlands Fire Service to try and arrange removal of the waste that remains at the site, although the spokesman stressed everything would be done to try and avoid a cost to the taxpayer.
It is thought it could cost around £800,000 to clear the site.
No-one from RDF was available for comment.
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