Dust complaint forces Gloucester man to withhold council tax
DUST and disruption is forcing a resident to withhold his council tax.
Osman Maietta took the drastic step 11 years ago and said he will do it again if Gloucester City Council does not act to stop dust falling on his Blinkhorns Bridge Lane home, which backs on to the city's Railway Triangle.
"I have lived here for 25 years and for 20 the council hasn't done anything about it," said Mr Maietta, who will withhold £1,300 unless the council deals with what he believes is dust from the Allstone site.
"They don't have a licence to store waste on one part of the site," he said. "My stuff is covered in dust every day. I have been trying for years to get the council to do something about it."
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He wants to discuss his concerns with the council. He said samples taken by the Environment Agency had been lost too.
Simon Ford, of Allstone which runs a waste recycling, skip and gravel business at the Railway Triangle, explained that the firm does a lot to get on with neighbours.
It does not work 24/7 and reverses and loads its lorries in the evenings, so they can be driven straight out in the mornings, he said.
"Whilst we acknowledge the neighbour's continued alleged complaints to various authorities, we re-iterate the fact that not one of these complaints has been substantiated over the last 10 years or more," he said. "People forget that this has been an industrial site for more than 100 years – there was a railway turntable here."
He said the company would be re-applying for a permit to store waste on one part of the Railway Triangle – an area far from Mr Maietta's home.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: "Last Friday, we took some dust samples at a property near to the Allstone site at the request of the resident. Some samples were lost by the lab in July, and these were taken as a replacement. Although the wider site is covered, the company does not have an environmental permit to store waste on the section of land known as the Railway Triangle. We have served an enforcement notice to require the company to remove the waste by December 5 2013."
A city council spokesman said: "We will be looking in to Mr Maietta's complaint and contacting him in due course."