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A Stop Notice has been issued by the Environment Agency to a West Norfolk landowner to halt the unauthorised deposit and burning of waste following a major fire in May.

Environment Agency officers issued the notice on Thursday (June 16), to prevent the deposit of waste and waste fires on land at Kenfield Farm, Main Road, Clenchwarton after the blaze last month.

A Stop Notice is issued to prohibit a particular activity where the Environment Agency believes there to be a significant risk of serious harm to human health or the environment.

May 7 Main Road Clenchwarton blaze on land just off the old A17. MLNF-22PM05076
May 7 Main Road Clenchwarton blaze on land just off the old A17. MLNF-22PM05076

The deposit and burning of waste is now prohibited at Kenfield Farm.

If the landowner fails to comply with the notice they can then be taken to court and prosecuted, as breaching the notice is a criminal offence.

The notice will remain in place until such action is taken to mitigate the risk and the site has been brought into compliance.

May 7 Main Road Clenchwarton blaze on land just off the old A17. MLNF-22PM05074
May 7 Main Road Clenchwarton blaze on land just off the old A17. MLNF-22PM05074

Investigations into alleged waste activities at the site are continuing.

Phil Henderson, enforcement team leader at the Environment Agency, said: “We take unauthorised waste activity very seriously and will take the necessary action to prevent the risks that this poses and prosecute those responsible where appropriate.

“Everyone producing waste, including small businesses and householders, must ensure that their waste is only taken by registered waste carriers to properly permitted waste sites otherwise they themselves could be liable to prosecution.”

May 7 Main Road Clenchwarton blaze on land just off the old A17. MLNF-22PM05078
May 7 Main Road Clenchwarton blaze on land just off the old A17. MLNF-22PM05078

If anyone witnesses waste being taken onto, or burning at this site, please email EAN-Enforcement-West@environment-agency.gov.uk. If you have any other information about the site that could help enquiries or any other unauthorised waste sites or activities, please contact the incident free hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Environment Agency has worked closely with partners in West Norfolk Council and Norfolk Police to take action against this unauthorised site.

A spokesperson from borough council said: “This sort of behaviour shows an utter disregard for the local community and the environment, and we will not tolerate it. We will do everything in our power to put a stop to unauthorised waste disposal when we become aware of it.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service return on May 7, to Main Road Clenchwarton, to tackle a blaze on land just off the old A17 Road. MLNF-22PM05079
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service return on May 7, to Main Road Clenchwarton, to tackle a blaze on land just off the old A17 Road. MLNF-22PM05079

“Tackling this sort of behaviour is most effective when agencies and the public work together. Our role is to work with the Environment Agency to investigate and take joint action when it happens.

“The public can help us by reporting incidents and eliminate the market for it by checking that any waste carrier they use to dispose of rubbish for them is licensed.”



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