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Ealing Council forces property developer to clear 250 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish from Northolt boarded up pub

The property owner of a former pub in Northolt, that closed down in 2015, has removed 250 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish on a derelict site following complaints to Ealing Council.

Legend Property Investments Ltd, which has owned the site of the former White Hart pub in Church Road, Northolt for a number of years had failed to remove the rubbish that had been accumulating over time.

According to Ealing Council, the site became illegally encamped by travellers on a number of occasions. They were evicted by the developer, but over time fly-tipping started happening on the land which Legend Property Investments Ltd had not removed.

Following complaints to the Council, its envirocrime enforcement officers visited the site in the summer and Legend Property Investments Ltd was issued with a legal notice to clear the land of the refuse.

In total, it took 25 large skips to clear the site of the 250 tonnes of waste.

in 2021, Legend Property Investments Ltd said it is looking to develop the site by building a hotel and would also restore the pub. On its website, it said: “Legend Property Investments Ltd along with the team at CREATE are putting together a site regeneration proposal. At the core will be the restoration and re-opening of the White Hart with a heritage led and community focused scheme, comprising a pub with hotel facilities, retail areas and new public spaces.”

Councillor Deirdre Costigan, the council’s cabinet member for climate action, said: “It is the responsibility of a landowner to remove waste from their land, even if the landowner is not the source of the rubbish. It is a shame that it took legal enforcement from the council to get that done, but we will not hesitate to issue such notices and I am pleased it was reported to us.”

Councillor Costigan added: “If you see a problem, please tell the council’s envirocrime team. Landowners must not just wait around on a wasteland, they must keep sites in a safe condition. I know there are plans for a better future for the White Hart site, which will bring jobs and facilities to Northolt, instead of it sitting derelict.”

The council says it wants residents to inform them if they sport anyone fly-tipping in the borough and added that it “will prosecute where it needs to”.

Residents and businesses can report fly-tipping online, by clicking here.

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