Huge fire firm’s appeal to trade set to be heard

Burton Latimer, Blackbridge Farm, fire billowing above Burton Latimer from Cranford road 'Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Burton Latimer, Blackbridge Farm, fire billowing above Burton Latimer from Cranford road 'Wednesday, 12 October 2011

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The firm which owns Blackbridge Farm will have its appeal against enforcement action heard at Wicksteed Park next Wednesday.

The county council issued Think Environmental with the action, ordering it to remove all waste stored outside at its site as this was contravention of its planning permission.

The appeal was due to be heard at The Guildhall in Northampton after being moved from Burton Latimer Civic Hall.

However, following lobbying from Burton Latimer Town Council, it has now been moved to Wicksteed Park in Kettering so it is more accessible for people from the surrounding area to attend the hearing.

Two major fires in autumn last year at the farm blighted residents’ lives, with the second fire starting after plastic waste material being stored on open ground self-heated until it caught fire.

Think Environmental has maintained that it has not breached planning permission.

Burton Latimer Town Council chairman Fergus Macdonald said: “We are pleased we’ve got the hearing back at a local place and we’re hoping many residents attend.

“The firm have disrupted the town and we believe they have ignored certain parts of the planning application.

“We welcome companies who are going to contribute to the well-being of the town, but the firm have achieved zilch.”

The appeal will be held at the Celebration Suite at the park at 10am.

People from the area have raised concerns about the site giving rise to a foul smell.

Neighbour Murray Scott, of Windmill Cottages, Burton Latimer, said: “I’ve had my last three summers ruined by the appalling stench.

“They have gone against the planning application, plain and simple.

“The council are at the end of their tether.”

The Evening Telegraph approached Think Environmental yesterday but the firm did not respond to a request for a comment.