Enforcement notice orders removal of Tattersett ‘tyre mountain’ near Fakenham

Roger Gawn, pictured beside some of the tyres after he bought the site in 2009

Roger Gawn, pictured beside some of the tyres after he bought the site in 2009 - Credit: Colin Finch

North Norfolk District Council has issued an enforcement notice ordering the removal of 600,000 car and lorry tyres piled up on part of the Tattersett Business Park.

The council says by serving the notice, it will be able to take enforcement action if they are not removed.

Its leader Tom FitzPatrick, said: 'NNDC is doing everything it can to rid the site of this terrible eyesore and blight to the local community.

'It's nothing short of an environmental disaster waiting to happen and the council is determined to not rest until it has been cleared.'

Melton Constable-based businessman Roger Gawn, who owns part of the site, has applied to build a recycling plant.

His agents say it offers 'the only viable cost-effective solution of removing the existing tyre dump'.

The planning application, to Norfolk County Council, says the plant would recycle up to 30,000 tonnes of tyres a year by shredding them for drainage and surfacing.

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But North Norfolk council says that even if it is approved, the plant would take months to build.

It says an enforcement notice is being issued while the planning application is being considered to ensure the eyesore is removed.