Sheffield farm tyre dump branded ‘blot on the landscape’

Richard Kirk near the site of farm land on the A61 where some tyres have been dumped to create a manure  heap.
Richard Kirk near the site of farm land on the A61 where some tyres have been dumped to create a manure heap.
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A RETIRED environmental manager believes hundreds of tyres which have been used to create a slurry heap in fields are a ‘blot on the landscape’ and a pollution risk.

Richard Kirk, of High Green, who used to work as a manager for the National Rivers Authority covering the Don catchment area, complained to Sheffield Council and the Environment Agency about the tyres, off the A61 Westwood New Road, between High Green and Tankersley.

He said: “I was of the opinion the farmer needed permission to have such a large number of tyres on his land - and I have also seen some of the slurry at the site being burned.

“The tyres and the burning could be an environmental hazard.

“I wrote to the council in October and although I received a letter saying they would look into the matter, that’s the last I heard and the tyres are still there.”

Sheffield Council said it had contacted the landowner – but was satisfied that planning permission was not required.

Brendan Gillespie, development officer at Sheffield Council, said: “Once the owner had moved the tyres 50 metres from a water course the Environment Agency was satisfied that no harm was occurring.

“A warning letter was sent to the owner asking him to tidy the tyres up and, after discussing the situation with him and checking the site out, we were satisfied that he had done what we’d asked and no breaches in planning were now occurring.

“Use of tyres for stock piling manure is a known practice and as long as the tyres are safely stacked they are not deemed to have caused any harm.”