WARNINGS have been issued to Buckles Lane landowners who failed to properly maintain cess pits and sewage systems or illegally stored waste on the site.
A series of visits have been carried out by Thurrock Council enforcement officers, supported by Essex Police, as part of ongoing action to ensure planning breaches are not taking place in Buckles Lane and that conditions on landowners’ sites are acceptable.
All those issued with warnings are now required to make improvements or face further action. Future visits will take place to ensure work is carried out and to issue warnings at other locations across the site.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “This is the latest action we are taking as we tackle decades of unchecked development on the Buckles Lane site. It is important that we carry out these visits to protect residents living there with proper permission and ensure that unscrupulous landowners do not damage the local countryside and drainage systems.
“Yesterday’s action uncovered some truly disgusting conditions on the site including raw sewage being pumped into holes, uncapped and completely full cess pits and an illegal waste storage site.
“We are resolute in our message that unauthorised development, unsafe utilities and improper land usage will be tackled on this site. We will continue to visit properties, knock on doors and take every appropriate action until all issues at this site are resolved.”