The owners of a scrapyard business have gone to court to challenge an enforcement order issued by environment watchdogs.
Allparts Auto Salvage in High Bonnybridge was warned by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) months ago it was operating its site at Hillview Road without the proper paperwork.
At Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday a procedural hearing went ahead and the issue was continued until July 15.
Last December SEPA gave the business, which stores scrap metal and strips cars and commercial vehicles for spare parts, until the end of January to remove piles of scrap from parts of its site and apply for a waste management licence or face legal action.
It said it had been in discussion with the firm, owned by long-established scrap metal merchants Angus Braidwood and Sons Limited, for “some time”.
A spokesman said: “We were made aware of waste being stored on unlicensed land. While SEPA regulates Allparts Auto Salvage under a waste management licence all materials are required to be stored within the designated site boundary and on surfaces which are suitable to contain any potential contaminants.
“SEPA has been in discussion with the operator concerning the unlicensed storage and instructions have been given that no further waste should be accepted on the site and that the stockpiles should be cleared as soon as possible.”
Yesterday (Wednesday) SEPA said because the issue is now part of legal proceedings it is not in a position to comment further.
Allparts Auto Salvage was finally given planning permission by Falkirk Council to operate both parts of its business last week.