Trout farm construction site agrees to reduce impact

Published: Friday, 18th October 2019

The director of Lyndon Thomas Ltd has agreed to strict conditions to reduce his impact on the residents of Desborough following Court hearings on 30th September and 1st October 2019.

Lyndon Thomas (Ltd) have constructed trout fishing lakes at the Birchfield Springs site in Desborough. Residents have complained about mud on the road and noise disturbance from heavy trucks and plant moving through Desborough in the early hours of the morning, at night and over weekends.

Kettering Borough Council served a Community Protection Notice on Mr Thomas and his company in 2018 and had initiated legal proceedings for breaching that Notice. Following the proceedings, the court ordered the defendant to comply with conditions that minimise his impact, which include wheel washing systems to remove mud from vehicles before they leave the site, and a restriction on the hours that vehicle and plant can enter/leave the site. Until Sunday 8 December 2019 inclusive, no HGV or plant shall enter or leave the site except between 07:30 and 18:00 Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. From Monday 9 December 2019, no HGV or plant shall enter or leave the site except between 08:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

Failure to comply with these conditions amount to a breach for which the Council may initiate legal action and seek the imposition of an unlimited fine by the Courts.  

Mr Thomas also agreed to pay £16,000 towards the Council’s costs in bringing the case to court.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services, Kettering Borough Council said:

“Construction works are by their nature noisy and muddy but the failure to control the impact of such activities over such a long period has had a significant impact on the community. The legal agreement will help reduce this impact, and we will act where there is evidence that the agreement is not being met. The Council will continue to work and share information with its partner agencies such as the Environment Agency to regulate this site. We’d like to thank the residents who attended Court as witnesses at this weeks’ hearing. The support of the community is vital in any investigation work we do.”