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Blackburn man angry over 'ocean' of plastic waste stacked next to home

Lancashire Telegraph: Howard Hudson (inset) is furious over the view from his garden Howard Hudson (inset) is furious over the view from his garden

THIS is the sight that greets Howard Hudson every time he walks into his backyard.

As he peers over his wall he is confronted by an ‘ocean’ of plastic recycling waste.

Mr Hudson said: “It is an absolute disgrace, it looks really awful. I can’t carry on living like this.”

V10 Polymers which owns the site in Queens Park, Blackburn, is not doing anything illegal.

Because the firm has been operating legally at the site for many years it is not controvening any planning rules.

It said its recycling operations met Environment Agency and borough requirements.

But Mr Hudson and his neighbours in adjacent Derham Street say they have to contend with constant noise from heavy lorries going to and from the neighbouring recycling site and rats scurrying across the mountains of rubbish from the canal towards their homes.

They are calling for action from their local councillors and the Environment Agency to prevent the operations of V10 Polymers making their lives a misery.

Mr Hudson, 57, said the expansion of the firm’s Rockliffe Works in Paterson Street had seen the mountain of plastic waste grow and brought an infestation of rats to his and nearby homes.

Neighbour Diane Hargreaves, who has been in Derham Street for just three weeks, said: “I knew V10 was there when I moved in, but cannot believe how bad it is.”

Queens Park councillors Salim Mulla and Faryad Hussain, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for Environment, have promised to investigate the residents’ concerns.

The Environment Agency, which licenses the plastics recycling firm set up in 1968, has also launched its own enquiries.

Mr Hudson, who has lived in Derham Street for around 20 years, said the increasing activity at the site was making his family’s life a misery.

He said he feared it had caused the value of his Blackburn home to drop by £20,000.

He claimed he can no longer stand living next to the eyesore, but cannot sell his home since the firm ‘made amendments’ a few years ago.

Mr Hudson said: “This is the mess that I see over my back yard wall and every morning through the bedroom window.

“Since the company has grown, residents around here have been left with noisy wagons and this eyesore. We are going to start a petition and send it to the council. I was hoping to emigrate next year but I will never be able to sell the house.

“My son is in the building trade and he said the house has devalued by £20,000. The council needs to do something.

“When I moved in it was not like this. I just don’t know what to do because it’s really getting me down.

“There are rats everywhere I have had to buy three cats to keep them away.”

Mr Hudson said when he first moved in to the property, the company, which has been there for twenty years, was ‘quiet and tidy’.

Mrs Hargreaves said: “The view is dreadful and the noise from lorries, especially in the morning is terrible. I want the company or the council to do something about it. Even a wall or screen between us and the recycling site would be an improvement.”

V10 Polymers manager David Holt said that the company have the been trading the same way as usual.

He said: “ We have controlled facilities for our waste and the items that we recycle disposed of accordingly. And as for the rats we are situated right next to the canal.”

According to the company’s website the firm handles in excess of 5,000 tonnes of plastic scrap per year.

Coun Hussain said: “I will look into this both as a local councillor and council executive board member for the environment.

“As local councillor I am there to represent the interests of the householders and as member for the environment to make sure the company is adhering to all the rules and regulations it should.

“I shall be investigating this and talking to residents, the company and council officials to see what can be done.”

Coun Mulla said:”I shall be talking with Faryad and we as councillors for Queen Park will investigate this and see what can be done to solve any problems.”

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “We have taken a complaint from a local resident relating to this site and are currently carrying out investigations.”

Blackburn with Darwen planning chairman Jim Smith said: “As the firm has been there for some time, we can do nothing in planning terms.

“It is about ensuring it meets environmental standards and the council mediating between the company and local residents on issues like this.

“A long standing industrial operation in the middle of a residential area is not uncommon in Blackburn.”

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1:53pm Mon 26 Nov 12

midas says...

s82 Environmental Protection Act 1990 or ask the Council to prosecute under the Protection from damage by pests Act 1949.
s82 Environmental Protection Act 1990 or ask the Council to prosecute under the Protection from damage by pests Act 1949. midas
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2:01pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Pebbles3 says...

Poor people, bet the bosses of this company wouldn't want this as their view from their own house. Look on satelite images on google, this didn't look this 2 years ago. I'm glad I don't have to live there, must be awful. These places should not be in residential areas they should be on the outskirts of town, surely planning permission would be required for this? Manager says the rats are from the canal mmmmm yeah, but where are they heading towards from the canal, the left over smells of the rubbish on the containers probably.
Poor people, bet the bosses of this company wouldn't want this as their view from their own house. Look on satelite images on google, this didn't look this 2 years ago. I'm glad I don't have to live there, must be awful. These places should not be in residential areas they should be on the outskirts of town, surely planning permission would be required for this? Manager says the rats are from the canal mmmmm yeah, but where are they heading towards from the canal, the left over smells of the rubbish on the containers probably. Pebbles3
  • Score: 3

2:22pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ste6976 says...

we recently moved from a house on swan street which overlooks one of the main gates of this company, we had the constant noise of trucks and forklifts coming and going from 6.30am till 6pm monday to friday and on saturdays we would have the pleasure of been woken up at 7am by trucks. when we moced in we were aware of the factory but not the constant noise that we would have to put up with. On a few occasions we would be woke up at 3.30am by drivers waiting for the gates to open for them to load or unloading the trucks and as for the staff enjoying their lunch alfresco up against my back fence I was always delighted to pick up the rubbish we they had so kindly disposed in my back garden. So much for been kind to the enviroment.
we recently moved from a house on swan street which overlooks one of the main gates of this company, we had the constant noise of trucks and forklifts coming and going from 6.30am till 6pm monday to friday and on saturdays we would have the pleasure of been woken up at 7am by trucks. when we moced in we were aware of the factory but not the constant noise that we would have to put up with. On a few occasions we would be woke up at 3.30am by drivers waiting for the gates to open for them to load or unloading the trucks and as for the staff enjoying their lunch alfresco up against my back fence I was always delighted to pick up the rubbish we they had so kindly disposed in my back garden. So much for been kind to the enviroment. ste6976
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4:44pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Bootneck says...

This factory , like many others in the area , were there before the 'residential ' houses were built around them. That was the way of the industrial revolution , houses were built for workers of the factories so that the workers could live closer to their place of work.
And what of the employees of this factory? Should they risk their employment because one or two residents have decided to complain?
This factory , like many others in the area , were there before the 'residential ' houses were built around them. That was the way of the industrial revolution , houses were built for workers of the factories so that the workers could live closer to their place of work. And what of the employees of this factory? Should they risk their employment because one or two residents have decided to complain? Bootneck
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5:50pm Mon 26 Nov 12

jogalot says...

Planning always favours businesses and not residents. Money comes first, people come second. Moving the business to an industrial estate would be better for the business and the residents but will entail some cost and disruption so there's not much chance of that without a change of heart by councils and planners. They should reduce the amount of waste to the same level as it was when they got their planning permission however so try and get the Enviroment to enfoce that.
Planning always favours businesses and not residents. Money comes first, people come second. Moving the business to an industrial estate would be better for the business and the residents but will entail some cost and disruption so there's not much chance of that without a change of heart by councils and planners. They should reduce the amount of waste to the same level as it was when they got their planning permission however so try and get the Enviroment to enfoce that. jogalot
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7:17pm Mon 26 Nov 12

A Darener says...

As I understand it this site is full of waste for recycling! So why is it not being recycled. It seems it is just being stored. Why? If they cannot recycle it faster than it is being delivered then surely they should invest in more recycling equipment that can handle the whole of the waste and recycle it quicker.
As I understand it this site is full of waste for recycling! So why is it not being recycled. It seems it is just being stored. Why? If they cannot recycle it faster than it is being delivered then surely they should invest in more recycling equipment that can handle the whole of the waste and recycle it quicker. A Darener
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7:47pm Mon 26 Nov 12

makemelaugh says...

Another example of backstabbing Britain, how many people has this company employed for the last twenty years? How much has the Company paid into local government in the last twenty years? How much impact is this company having on reducing greenhouse gasses or land degregation?.... This country is going mad, if this was China the company would be getting a pat on the back and being encouraged and supported to move to a bigger facility by local government not hounded out of business, is it any wonder industry in the uk is dead. by the way do your homework and look at past planning applications, perhaps you will see that the company has actually tried to do something in the past.
Another example of backstabbing Britain, how many people has this company employed for the last twenty years? How much has the Company paid into local government in the last twenty years? How much impact is this company having on reducing greenhouse gasses or land degregation?.... This country is going mad, if this was China the company would be getting a pat on the back and being encouraged and supported to move to a bigger facility by local government not hounded out of business, is it any wonder industry in the uk is dead. by the way do your homework and look at past planning applications, perhaps you will see that the company has actually tried to do something in the past. makemelaugh
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8:01pm Mon 26 Nov 12

makemelaugh says...

Pebbles3 wrote:
Poor people, bet the bosses of this company wouldn't want this as their view from their own house. Look on satelite images on google, this didn't look this 2 years ago. I'm glad I don't have to live there, must be awful. These places should not be in residential areas they should be on the outskirts of town, surely planning permission would be required for this? Manager says the rats are from the canal mmmmm yeah, but where are they heading towards from the canal, the left over smells of the rubbish on the containers probably.
Rats don't eat plastic as far as i am aware, perhaps you should take a walk down the canal towards Eanam Wharf, the place is riddled with rats and i don't know of any recycling factories in that area!
[quote][p][bold]Pebbles3[/bold] wrote: Poor people, bet the bosses of this company wouldn't want this as their view from their own house. Look on satelite images on google, this didn't look this 2 years ago. I'm glad I don't have to live there, must be awful. These places should not be in residential areas they should be on the outskirts of town, surely planning permission would be required for this? Manager says the rats are from the canal mmmmm yeah, but where are they heading towards from the canal, the left over smells of the rubbish on the containers probably.[/p][/quote]Rats don't eat plastic as far as i am aware, perhaps you should take a walk down the canal towards Eanam Wharf, the place is riddled with rats and i don't know of any recycling factories in that area! makemelaugh
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8:14pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ajameson86 says...

How can you complain when that business has been there for such a long time! Putting peoples jobs at risk by trying to cause issues to Mr Holt (an honest business man) I think is very selfish. Recycling is something this country should take more seriously, and with people like you Mr Hudson, we are only going to go backwards!
How can you complain when that business has been there for such a long time! Putting peoples jobs at risk by trying to cause issues to Mr Holt (an honest business man) I think is very selfish. Recycling is something this country should take more seriously, and with people like you Mr Hudson, we are only going to go backwards! ajameson86
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11:38pm Mon 26 Nov 12

George White Bread says...

When I saw the headline PLASTIC WASTE, I thought it was a story about the stay away fans returning to Dumpwood.
When I saw the headline PLASTIC WASTE, I thought it was a story about the stay away fans returning to Dumpwood. George White Bread
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2:03am Tue 27 Nov 12

Legal Beagle says...

ajameson86 wrote:
How can you complain when that business has been there for such a long time! Putting peoples jobs at risk by trying to cause issues to Mr Holt (an honest business man) I think is very selfish. Recycling is something this country should take more seriously, and with people like you Mr Hudson, we are only going to go backwards!
This is an absurd attitude, and I suspect the comment has been written by either Mr Holt himself or one of his employees.

The mere fact that the business has been there a long time doesn't allow them to escalate the scale of their operations so as to cause a nuisance to Mr Hudson and his neighbours.

`Honest businessman' Mr Holt has an obligation to his neighbours to run his business in such a way that it does not impinge on their reasonable enjoyment of their property. If he is unwilling or unable to do so legal remedies such as an injunction may be exercised against the company.
[quote][p][bold]ajameson86[/bold] wrote: How can you complain when that business has been there for such a long time! Putting peoples jobs at risk by trying to cause issues to Mr Holt (an honest business man) I think is very selfish. Recycling is something this country should take more seriously, and with people like you Mr Hudson, we are only going to go backwards![/p][/quote]This is an absurd attitude, and I suspect the comment has been written by either Mr Holt himself or one of his employees. The mere fact that the business has been there a long time doesn't allow them to escalate the scale of their operations so as to cause a nuisance to Mr Hudson and his neighbours. `Honest businessman' Mr Holt has an obligation to his neighbours to run his business in such a way that it does not impinge on their reasonable enjoyment of their property. If he is unwilling or unable to do so legal remedies such as an injunction may be exercised against the company. Legal Beagle
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7:25am Tue 27 Nov 12

makaveli96 says...

How the Queens Park landscape has changed from when I lived on Nottingham Street in the early 80s.

They say Recycling produces a better climate.

Try telling this to Mr Hudson.
How the Queens Park landscape has changed from when I lived on Nottingham Street in the early 80s. They say Recycling produces a better climate. Try telling this to Mr Hudson. makaveli96
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9:32am Tue 27 Nov 12

Plasticbertrand says...

This business has always been there, so if you choose to buy house next to it, you just have to live with it. It's businesses like this that pay their taxes to keep this country afloat. If you want a nice vista, but want to live in poverty, move to Greece.
This business has always been there, so if you choose to buy house next to it, you just have to live with it. It's businesses like this that pay their taxes to keep this country afloat. If you want a nice vista, but want to live in poverty, move to Greece. Plasticbertrand
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3:43pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Ex_Darwen_Tech says...

It seems to me that V10 Polymers manager David Holt needs to take a course on modern manufacturing methods such as "Just-in-time" and only have enough waste to be processed for the immediate recycling process. Why take on so much waste plastics if it can't be processed in a timely fashion. Do they buy the waste plastic or are they paid by the amount they take? I suspect the latter.
It seems to me that V10 Polymers manager David Holt needs to take a course on modern manufacturing methods such as "Just-in-time" and only have enough waste to be processed for the immediate recycling process. Why take on so much waste plastics if it can't be processed in a timely fashion. Do they buy the waste plastic or are they paid by the amount they take? I suspect the latter. Ex_Darwen_Tech
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5:21pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Guzford says...

they have to buy the waste you idiot, they get paid after they process it and sell it!!! If Mr hudson didn't want to have to deal with this situationon a daily basis why did he buy a house next to a factory ? why didn't he buy a house next to a park or in the country ??? I'll tell you why because this house was a lot cheaper and for good reason too!!! some people want to have their cake and eat it, makes me sick
they have to buy the waste you idiot, they get paid after they process it and sell it!!! If Mr hudson didn't want to have to deal with this situationon a daily basis why did he buy a house next to a factory ? why didn't he buy a house next to a park or in the country ??? I'll tell you why because this house was a lot cheaper and for good reason too!!! some people want to have their cake and eat it, makes me sick Guzford
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5:24pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Guzford says...

Ex_Darwen_Tech wrote:
It seems to me that V10 Polymers manager David Holt needs to take a course on modern manufacturing methods such as "Just-in-time" and only have enough waste to be processed for the immediate recycling process. Why take on so much waste plastics if it can't be processed in a timely fashion. Do they buy the waste plastic or are they paid by the amount they take? I suspect the latter.
you have no idea how Mr Holts company works so why are you commenting with your silly text book lean manufacturing rubbish ?
[quote][p][bold]Ex_Darwen_Tech[/bold] wrote: It seems to me that V10 Polymers manager David Holt needs to take a course on modern manufacturing methods such as "Just-in-time" and only have enough waste to be processed for the immediate recycling process. Why take on so much waste plastics if it can't be processed in a timely fashion. Do they buy the waste plastic or are they paid by the amount they take? I suspect the latter.[/p][/quote]you have no idea how Mr Holts company works so why are you commenting with your silly text book lean manufacturing rubbish ? Guzford
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5:30pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Bootneck says...

Ex_Darwen_Tech wrote:
It seems to me that V10 Polymers manager David Holt needs to take a course on modern manufacturing methods such as "Just-in-time" and only have enough waste to be processed for the immediate recycling process. Why take on so much waste plastics if it can't be processed in a timely fashion. Do they buy the waste plastic or are they paid by the amount they take? I suspect the latter.
Ex Darwen Tech, you are talking out your backside about a business you obviously have no knowledge about , and business principles you are ignorant of. Waste streams that need recycling cannot be turned off and on to suit the owners needs and requirements. once a contract is started you have a ready and continuous supply that needs to be dealt with, but the moment you stop that feedstock, then the supply goes elsewhere for processing ! The business handles over 5000 tons of waste per annum, what do you expect will happen to that if is not handled by a professional outfit like V10 ?
[quote][p][bold]Ex_Darwen_Tech[/bold] wrote: It seems to me that V10 Polymers manager David Holt needs to take a course on modern manufacturing methods such as "Just-in-time" and only have enough waste to be processed for the immediate recycling process. Why take on so much waste plastics if it can't be processed in a timely fashion. Do they buy the waste plastic or are they paid by the amount they take? I suspect the latter.[/p][/quote]Ex Darwen Tech, you are talking out your backside about a business you obviously have no knowledge about , and business principles you are ignorant of. Waste streams that need recycling cannot be turned off and on to suit the owners needs and requirements. once a contract is started you have a ready and continuous supply that needs to be dealt with, but the moment you stop that feedstock, then the supply goes elsewhere for processing ! The business handles over 5000 tons of waste per annum, what do you expect will happen to that if is not handled by a professional outfit like V10 ? Bootneck
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6:06pm Tue 27 Nov 12

makemelaugh says...

Legal Beagle wrote:
ajameson86 wrote:
How can you complain when that business has been there for such a long time! Putting peoples jobs at risk by trying to cause issues to Mr Holt (an honest business man) I think is very selfish. Recycling is something this country should take more seriously, and with people like you Mr Hudson, we are only going to go backwards!
This is an absurd attitude, and I suspect the comment has been written by either Mr Holt himself or one of his employees.

The mere fact that the business has been there a long time doesn't allow them to escalate the scale of their operations so as to cause a nuisance to Mr Hudson and his neighbours.

`Honest businessman' Mr Holt has an obligation to his neighbours to run his business in such a way that it does not impinge on their reasonable enjoyment of their property. If he is unwilling or unable to do so legal remedies such as an injunction may be exercised against the company.
Have you even read the article?
"the site has been operating legally for many number of years and is not contravening any planning rules"
[quote][p][bold]Legal Beagle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ajameson86[/bold] wrote: How can you complain when that business has been there for such a long time! Putting peoples jobs at risk by trying to cause issues to Mr Holt (an honest business man) I think is very selfish. Recycling is something this country should take more seriously, and with people like you Mr Hudson, we are only going to go backwards![/p][/quote]This is an absurd attitude, and I suspect the comment has been written by either Mr Holt himself or one of his employees. The mere fact that the business has been there a long time doesn't allow them to escalate the scale of their operations so as to cause a nuisance to Mr Hudson and his neighbours. `Honest businessman' Mr Holt has an obligation to his neighbours to run his business in such a way that it does not impinge on their reasonable enjoyment of their property. If he is unwilling or unable to do so legal remedies such as an injunction may be exercised against the company.[/p][/quote]Have you even read the article? "the site has been operating legally for many number of years and is not contravening any planning rules" makemelaugh
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8:45pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Ex_Darwen_Tech says...

To Bootneck and Guzford.
So they have a contract to buy ALL the waste that their suppliers want to deliver to the recucling plant.
WOW what a deal for the suppliers. So the more folks recycle the more waste plastic will arrive at the plant? Sorry but that doesn't make sense.
No matter the material a plant is processing one has to control the inventory. And if the company is buying recyclable plastics and selling the processed resulting product it is even more important to control the inventory. If they can't keep up the flow now the stock pile will just continue to grow.
To Bootneck and Guzford. So they have a contract to buy ALL the waste that their suppliers want to deliver to the recucling plant. WOW what a deal for the suppliers. So the more folks recycle the more waste plastic will arrive at the plant? Sorry but that doesn't make sense. No matter the material a plant is processing one has to control the inventory. And if the company is buying recyclable plastics and selling the processed resulting product it is even more important to control the inventory. If they can't keep up the flow now the stock pile will just continue to grow. Ex_Darwen_Tech
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9:00pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Legal Beagle says...

Have you even read the article?
"the site has been operating legally for many number of years and is not contravening any planning rules"

If you possessed any knowledge of legal matters, which you clearly don't, you would realise that there are two types of law, public and private.

Planning is a matter of public law, i.e. the state versus the individual, and is enforced by the state for the good of the community as a whole.

The law of nuisance is a matter of private law, and protects the rights of one individual against another - an action for breach of contract, for example.

The mere fact that the state is unable to take action using planning law does NOT in any way restrict the right of Mr Hudson to take action in the civil courts to protect his rights.
Have you even read the article? "the site has been operating legally for many number of years and is not contravening any planning rules" If you possessed any knowledge of legal matters, which you clearly don't, you would realise that there are two types of law, public and private. Planning is a matter of public law, i.e. the state versus the individual, and is enforced by the state for the good of the community as a whole. The law of nuisance is a matter of private law, and protects the rights of one individual against another - an action for breach of contract, for example. The mere fact that the state is unable to take action using planning law does NOT in any way restrict the right of Mr Hudson to take action in the civil courts to protect his rights. Legal Beagle
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4:12pm Wed 28 Nov 12

midas says...

makemelaugh wrote:
Legal Beagle wrote:
ajameson86 wrote: How can you complain when that business has been there for such a long time! Putting peoples jobs at risk by trying to cause issues to Mr Holt (an honest business man) I think is very selfish. Recycling is something this country should take more seriously, and with people like you Mr Hudson, we are only going to go backwards!
This is an absurd attitude, and I suspect the comment has been written by either Mr Holt himself or one of his employees. The mere fact that the business has been there a long time doesn't allow them to escalate the scale of their operations so as to cause a nuisance to Mr Hudson and his neighbours. `Honest businessman' Mr Holt has an obligation to his neighbours to run his business in such a way that it does not impinge on their reasonable enjoyment of their property. If he is unwilling or unable to do so legal remedies such as an injunction may be exercised against the company.
Have you even read the article? "the site has been operating legally for many number of years and is not contravening any planning rules"
You seem to have mistaken "planning rules" with "statutory nuisance" and "public health" laws.
[quote][p][bold]makemelaugh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Legal Beagle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ajameson86[/bold] wrote: How can you complain when that business has been there for such a long time! Putting peoples jobs at risk by trying to cause issues to Mr Holt (an honest business man) I think is very selfish. Recycling is something this country should take more seriously, and with people like you Mr Hudson, we are only going to go backwards![/p][/quote]This is an absurd attitude, and I suspect the comment has been written by either Mr Holt himself or one of his employees. The mere fact that the business has been there a long time doesn't allow them to escalate the scale of their operations so as to cause a nuisance to Mr Hudson and his neighbours. `Honest businessman' Mr Holt has an obligation to his neighbours to run his business in such a way that it does not impinge on their reasonable enjoyment of their property. If he is unwilling or unable to do so legal remedies such as an injunction may be exercised against the company.[/p][/quote]Have you even read the article? "the site has been operating legally for many number of years and is not contravening any planning rules"[/p][/quote]You seem to have mistaken "planning rules" with "statutory nuisance" and "public health" laws. midas
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