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MOVE YOUR TOXIC DUMP; Legal fight after huge pile of rubble appears.

Byline: HELEN DAVIES @helenafdavies

COUNCIL bosses are to take a landowner to task after two buildings were buried in toxic rubble.

A huge pile of contaminated material has been dumped at the site of an old sewage works at Norlands Lane in Cronton, Widnes.

Knowsley council has now issued the owner of the land with an enforcement notice demanding action is taken.

The 11,000 cubic metres of waste material, thought to have been dumped last September, covers the entire pump house as well as another building and sewage tanks on the land.

The rubble raised the height of the land and also contaminated a nearby brook.

The landowner says there was far more waste material brought to the site than requested and that he is in discussions with the company who delivered it about the removal of the contaminated section, which is about 7,000 cubic metres.

Mark Butterworth, director of regulation and enforcement at the council, and Lisa Harris, director of regeneration and housing, said in a report to councillors this week: "It is the owner's intention to remove the contaminated waste material and submit a planning application for the retention of the remaining waste material." They added: "If a planning application was to be submitted for the site to regularise its current state it is unlikely that planning permission would be granted. An enforcement notice is currently being drafted to address the issues."

An Environment Agency spokesman said the landowner had been co-operating with them to direct the toxic liquids leaking from the waste away from the brook and into a sewer. Anyone with information is asked to call 0800 80 70 60.

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