Wood dumping is given the chop
A landowner has been ordered to stop allowing unlawfully dumped wood to be stored in his fields.
Hundreds of lorry-loads of old doors, frames and other waste have been dumped in fields near Peatling Parva in the past few weeks.
Residents said they had seen lorries from companies based in counties including Kent, Surrey and Buckinghamshire delivering wood to the site, which is privately owned.
County Hall planning officers have now banned the landowner from allowing the fields to be used and have ordered him to clear the site.
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One resident, who did not want to be named, said: "The wood started being dumped a few weeks ago. There was a regular number of vehicles going on to the site – about 20 a day at one stage. There must be tonnes of wood which has simply been dumped.
"I was pretty sure there was no planning permission for the activity and that's why we contacted the council."
A company which has a mobile office on the land, but does not own it, has been receiving the wood. A spokesman said it had the licences needed to store it. However, the company has also been warned to abide by the council's order.
Graham Hart, county councillor, said: "I was contacted by a resident and one of our officers concerning this issue. I am pleased to say that action has been taken.
"People must not be able to flout planning laws and dump materials on farmland, creating a potential health hazard and an eyesore in the countryside."
A Leicestershire County Council spokesman said: "We have given the owner a legal stop notice that means tipping must stop immediately, and a further notice requiring that the waste be removed and the land restored.
"The notice requiring that tipping should stop came into effect at midnight on Monday."
Planning officers visited the site on Tuesday and were satisfied the tipping had stopped.
The landowner and company involved have four months to restore the site. If they do not comply, they could face prosecution. The Mercury was unable to contact the landowner.