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INJUNCTION: Boxley farmer ordered by High Court to clear up dump site

Monday 19th April 2021

A FULL injunction has been obtained against a Boxley farmer to stop using an ancient woodland as an area to store and burn rubbish.

Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) has now obtained a full injunction against Mr Langley Frank Beck.

Mr Beck, of Bell Lane, ignored demands to stop using the 36 acre stretch of land to store caravans, vehicles, building material, green waste, scrap metal or any other waste.

Over the past seven years, there have been many complaints about activities at the site including the burning of cars, buses and caravans.

MBC initially obtained a High Court interim injunction earlier this year. On April 1, a full injunction was signed and has now been served to Mr Beck.

This means all activities and living on the land must stop with immediate effect, and everything must be removed from the site within six months.

If Mr Beck does not comply he can be prosecuted through the High Court. 

James Bailey, MBC Planning and Development Manager, said: “We have tried to resolve the situation with the landowner over many years, but he has chosen to ignore the Enforcement Notice and Deputy Judge of the High Court Clare Ambrose made the decision that the harm to the site could not continue any longer.”