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Calls for action at Kirkbymoorside ‘eyesore’ depot
11:49am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
FLYTIPPING is causing concern in an area enjoyed by walkers and golfers.
The main problem centres on the old county council highways depot at Manor Vale in Kirkbymoorside.
Now, Kirkbymoorside Town Council is calling for action to be taken to stop the nuisance.
The depot has been closed for some time and a sale is supposedly progressing, but the county council is keeping details of that close to its chest.
Coun David Turlington said: “Flytipping is increasing in Manor Vale. It looks neglected and has become an eyesore.”
He acknowledged there were claims a sale was in progress but said: “I really would like officials from North Yorkshire to state the status of what is happening at Manor Vale.”
He thought the Portakabins on the site could have been sold.
He said members of the golf club there paid a considerable amount of money and the area was an attraction but, he added: “People are faced with detritus and it is getting worse.”
Either someone has bought it or, if not, it should be put back on the market and sold, he said.
“How long has it got to be under offer? It is public money so we want to know what is happening.”
County Coun Val Arnold told the meeting last Monday that the matter was with the county council’s legal department.
“The site is not safe and I want some answers as it is deteriorating,” she said.
Members felt it should be properly fenced off to stop people going onto the site.
Assistant clerk Roger Gibbeson said there were concerns about health and safety. Young people had been playing there on bikes and he had reported the concerns to the county council and the police.
Ryedale Coun David Cussons said he would report the concerns to the district council to see if they could do anything.
Coun Chris Dowie, mayor, said: “People in the town who walk through the area don’t want to see things dumped there.”
Afterwards she told the Gazette & Herald: “The whole site is deteriorating. It is in a woodland area where people like to walk but you can see that it is an eyesore.”