Tom Romecin Archive

Fly tipping: time to crack down

In February this year a football ground in Greenford, owned by the London Playing Fields Foundation, was broken into and tonnes of waste dumped on the pitch over a ten-day period, during which time the intruders claimed squatters’ rights and caused over £100,000 of damage. Although the police were called out a number of times they were unable to take enforcement action and the charity had to pursue court action in order to secure their eviction. They were then faced with the unpleasant and expensive task of legally removing the waste.

If only Ronseal produced licence agreements

“It does what it says on the tin”, was, when first unveiled, a welcome departure from the usual overblown product claims. What made the campaign successful was the unambiguous labelling which conveyed a succinct message. If only agreements regulating the occupation of land were equally clear; unfortunately just because an agreement is labelled a licence, does not mean it is.

Farmer’s compensation claims for losses caused by the pumping of floodwaters onto their land has been clarified

The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has clarified the circumstances in which a local authority will be liable to pay compensation to farmers for crop losses caused by floodwater being pumped onto their land and away from villages. The clarification will be of particular importance to farmers in the north of England following the recent severe floods
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