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'Dumped asphalt took ten weeks to shift in Baildon'
A mound of asphalt and rubbish was suddenly cleared up yesterday more than two months after Bradford Council had been alreted to the issue.
Stuart Grimshaw owns the two Shetlands and other ponies in the fields above the Viaduct Works and told how he alerted the Council on July 17.
“I rang the Council as soon as it happened and the first gentleman I spoke to said, ‘don’t worry, it should be gone within a couple of days’,” said furniture maker and restorer Mr Grimshaw, who has run Ashbourne Upholstery, Leeds Road, Shipley for 27 years.
“Unfortunately nothing happened, so I rang again, spoke to someone who promised to get back to me, but didn’t.
“And the asphalt and rubbish was still there this morning,” Mr Grimshaw said yesterday.
“Although the layby is shown as mine on the deeds of land I rent from Hollins Hall, that is part of the land which the Hall rents from Bradford Council which is the actual owner,” Mr Grimshaw explained.
“My worry is that other people could start tipping there and dumped stuff could get into field and become a problem for my horses. “I’ve already had to move rubbish from the field before,” Mr Grimshaw said.
Councillor Roger L’Amie (Con, Baildon) said he had also been trying to get the site cleared.
Julian Jackson assistant director for planning, transport and highways at Bradford Council said: “We are aware of the issue at Hollins Hill and have made arrangements for the materials to be cleared away.”
Coun L’amie rang the T&A at 6pm yesterday to say workmen had quickly arrived and cleared the tipped asphalt and debris. He said: “It’s surprising that when a member of the public complains, nothing happens for months, but at the first hint of bad publicity the Council acts so speedily!”
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