Crowland

An illegal Lincolnshire waste site the size of a football pitch used by rogue traders is now under criminal investigation.

The Environment Agency went for an inspection at The Streddars site on Hundreds Road in Crowland on July 23 as part of work to shut it down for good.

Piles of illegally dumped waste were discovered, including construction and demolition materials, metals, plastics and garden waste.

The site has been used by rogue traders to illegally deposit waste and is now under criminal investigation for operating without the legally required waste and environmental permits.

The Environment Agency will make further visits to inspect the area to make sure that illegal activities have stopped. It will also be inviting the site operator to formal interviews under caution in due course.

Enforcement officers are now urging waste carriers and traders not to drop off any rubbish at the site.

Yvonne Daly, environment manager at the Environment Agency, said: “It’s clear that this site has been used by rogue traders to illegally deposit waste.

“Activities like this have the potential to harm the environment, blight communities and undermine legitimate businesses that do follow the rules.

“Our role is to protect the environment for people and wildlife, so we won’t hesitate to take action against those who put it at risk.

“And to businesses flouting the rules our message is clear: you won’t get away with it.”

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency is also making progress with its investigations into large scale fly-tipping incidents in Lincolnshire.

Councillors have rejected a controversial right-hand turn ban on two “dangerous” and “confusing” Crowland junctions.

The £78,000 experiment by Lincolnshire County Council would have seen the bans apply to the A16 Crowland Bypass at the Radar Junction with the B1166 and the junction with the B1040.

Councillors instead opted to look at reducing the speed limit on the road, and refreshing or reviewing the current signage.

The stretch of road has seen 21 recorded collisions at the Radar Junction since it opened, with three resulting in a fatality and four classed as serious.

All but five of them took place during a right-turn or cross-over manoeuvre.

The junction with the B1040 has had 14 recorded incidents, four of which were serious but with no fatalities.

The similarly designed junction with the B1040 will also be subject to the bans.

Local residents, councillors and businesses had decried the plans which they said would isolate Crowland and ruin businesses.

Councillors went on a site visit following a meeting in March – however, due to the COVID-19 outbreak they were unable to meet again until Monday.

Councillor Tom Ashton said: “It was a useful exercise to look into the sheer amount of traffic, but I’m not convinced this is the right solution in this place.

“In fact, I think it would probably do as much harm to local people who use those junctions as good that they would do.”

Councillor Nigel Pepper added: “Local businesses were struggling prior to the outbreak, now they’re literally on their knees and the report says the severance and financial losses are potentially severe.”

A feasibility study published in 2018 concluded that a roundabout would be “the scheme most likely to reduce the incidence of collisions severe in nature”.

However, the county authority has said the funding is not available to install a new roundabout, estimated at the time to cost at least £2 million, but since rising to more than £4 million.

Police are still on the look out for ram raiders who targeted two Lincolnshire Co-op stores earlier this month.

Stores in Crowland and Long Sutton were severely damaged by the offenders, who attempted to steal cash from the ATM machines. Stolen Land Rovers were used in both incidents.

The cashpoint at the store on West Street in Long Sutton was attacked at around 2.40am on Wednesday, May 6. A stolen Land Rover was used and caused the front window of the store to be ripped out. Police said they couldn’t confirm if any cash had been stolen.

At around 4am, officers found a green Land Rover on fire at Hundreds Road near Crowland.

The second cashpoint, at the outlet on West Street in Crowland, was attacked an hour later at 3.40am.

During the incident a second stolen Land Rover was used to reverse into the store front, but the offenders were unsuccessful in removing the ATM or stealing its contents.

The Land Rover was left behind and the offenders are believed to have fled in a silver Skoda estate, which has black alloy wheels. The vehicle had been stolen from Crowland earlier the same day at 12.30am.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed on Wednesday that there have so far been no arrests and no updates with the investigation in relation to these incidents.

Police are appealing for anyone who anything they believe may be connected to these incidents, or any suspicious activity, to contact them on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incidents 29 (Long Sutton) and 34 (Crowland) of May 6.

Alternatively, it can also be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here.

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