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Archive - Thursday, 28 February 2002

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Natures Solves Farmer's Problem

NO LEGAL action is to be taken against a Baycliff farmer who failed to comply with an enforcement order to remove waste dumped on the foreshore.

Bernard Dawson, of Baycliff Farm, told The Westmorland Gazette that last year he dumped 200 cubic metres of soil on the beach at Maskel Point to try to prevent further erosion of his field.

SLDC served an enforcement notice because he did not have planning permission and told Mr Dawson he had until the beginning of September to move the waste - despite it being on his own land.

Mr Dawson applied for planning permission from Cumbria County Council to dispose of the waste in a disused quarry, which he owns, near Sunbrick Lane.

The application was turned down, as planners were concerned that transporting the material would involve travelling down a narrow lane and that it would disrupt neighbours.

But when officers from SLDC made a visit to the site last Friday, to decide what further action to take, they discovered the soil had disappeared.

Enforcement officer for SLDC Jayne Unsworth said: "When we went down the soil had all gone.

We don't know if the bad weather has washed it away or it has been moved, but it means that the enforcement notice has been followed so we will not be taking any further action."

Mr Dawson said: "I just can't understand why I needed planning permission to dump on my own land as I was only trying to save my field from being washed away.

"The problem of the waste has been sorted out now as it has been washed away in the bad weather but it doesn't stop my field being washed away."

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