Owners of “eyesore” Padiham mill site fined

Perseverance Mill in Padiham.
Photo Ben Parsons
Perseverance Mill in Padiham. Photo Ben Parsons

A company has been ordered to pay more than £17,000 for failing to clean up an eyesore former mill site in Padiham.

Burnley Council prosecuted Fardan Limited in connection with the former Perseverance Mill site.

The site has been unmaintained and, as a result, illegal flytipping has remained uncleared, leading to it becoming an eyesore and complaints from nearby residents.

Three separate prosecutions were heard at Burnley Magistrates’ Court over recent weeks. On each occasion Fardan was convicted in the absence of anyone from the company attending court.

• Failing to comply with Abatement Notice – fined £660 and ordered to pay £300 costs and £75 compensation.

• Failing to comply with Abatement Notice – fined £550, costs £300.

• Failing to comply with loss of amenity notice – fined £15,000, costs £350.

Joanne Swift, the council’s head of Streetscene, said: “The council has been trying to work with the people responsible for the Perseverance Mill site for several years. The landowner is responsible for keeping the site safe and tidy.

“Unfortunately this hasn’t been the case and people living nearby are understandably angry and frustrated by the situation.

“The council is doing what it can to ensure the site owner meets their responsibility and taking them to court is just part of that.

“The latest fine in particular is a sizeable one and we hope it will encourage those responsible for the land to keep it in a clean and tidy manner.

“We have used different pieces of legislation to address specific issues with the site. We have tried to work with the company to resolve the situation but it got to the point where we had no alternative other than to take legal action.

“The council will continue to monitor the site and we, along with the residents of Padiham I’m sure, expect the company to meet its responsibilities.”