Bonnybridge scrap firm issued warning letter

Comapny has been instructed to remove the stockpiles of scrap
Comapny has been instructed to remove the stockpiles of scrap

Environment experts have warned a scrap metal dealer to get the proper paperwork to operate its business.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued a final reminder to Angus Braidwood and Sons Limited who store scrap at its sites at Bankside Industrial Estate in Falkirk and High Bonnybridge.

It has threatened to take enforcement action to remove the stockpiles unless the firm applies for a waste management licence.

Last month Falkirk Council told the parent company All Parts Auto Salvage based at Hillview Road, High Bonnybridge, it had until the end of January to remove the scrap from there or face action.

At the same time, while Falkirk Council planners have no issues with its operations at Castle Drive in Bankside, when it meets at the end of the month the planning committee is expected to consider a retrospective application from All Parts Auto Salvage for permission to operate specialist car breaking equipment on the land.

On January 28 councillors will be asked to grant permission for an an ‘End of Life Vehicle Decontamination and Liquidising facility’ which prepares cars and light commercial vehicles to be stripped for spare parts to be used.

All Parts Auto Salvage applied for permission to use the equipment in February last year - but it has been has been operating since then without council approval. It is expected the planning committee will opt to visit the site and see the ELV in operation before taking a decision.

Last month residents in nearby Reilly Gardens complained about the ‘blot on the landscape’ they see every time their look out their front windows.

House owner Alfred Hargreaves won the suppport of the local community council to take the issue up with Falkirk Council on behalf of his neighbours - but been left frustrated by their response.

He said: “We’ve been looking at unauthorised material stored on an unlicensed site here for months and now SEPA has concerns about Castle Drive at Bankside. It seems okay for Braidwood to utilise any vacant land for stockpiles first then go to the council for the necessary approval.”

A spokesman for the company said it did not wish to comment.