Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin demands action on Shaw Road rubbish mountain

Dudley MP Ian Austin has stepped up his campaign to get a mountain of rubbish on Shaw Road near the town centre removed.

The huge pile of rubbish has developed on a business site operated by Rowan Oak Waste. The Environment Agency has revoked the operator’s permit, but they have failed to comply with notices and the waste has yet to be cleared.

Austin has repeatedly pressed the Environment Agency and Dudley Council to get the site cleared, getting the Environment Agency to visit the site on a number of occasions and pressing for them to take action when local businesses raised concerns.

He is now stepping up his campaign to get the waste removed as soon as possible by raising questions in Parliament and asking the Environment Agency to look at penalties for the owners of the site.

Austin is now tabling Parliamentary Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs urging her to take action against the site’s operator and impose penalties if they fail to clear the rubbish.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m on the side of local residents and local businesses: it’s taking too long to get this mountain of rubbish cleared and we need to see some action.

“As soon as local residents got in touch with me I got straight on to the Environment Agency and Dudley Council, but months later it’s still there.

“That’s why I’m now questioning the Government and calling for penalties to be imposed on the owners of the site so we can get the rubbish removed as soon as possible.”

Ian has tabled the following Parliamentary Questions:

  • To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Environment Agency has taken to remove the mound of rubbish at the site operated by Rowan Oak Waste on Shaw Road, Dudley.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her department has had with the Environment Agency regarding removal of the mound of rubbish at the site operated by Rowan Oak Waste on Shaw Road, Dudley.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Environment Agency will impose penalties on the operaters of the Rowan Oak Waste site on Shaw Road, Dudley for failing to dispose of waste.

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