Growing complaints at the Mushroom Farm

Residents in West Hanningfield Road have raised complaints at the number of activities at the Baddow Park Mushroom Farm. They are concerned about the parking of container lorries, with arrivals very late at night and movements as early as 4.30 am. The presence of a number of skips together with a 20 foot high pile of rubbish leads them to fear that a skip hire business is being conducted there. The Borough Council Planning Officer has written to the owners of the site stating that a transport business is in breach of planning control and should cease. He will continue to monitor the situation. The site owners claim no skip hire business is in operation and that the skips are there in connection with business. The manufacture of cardboard appears to have been in operation for over ten years, unrelated to the Mushroom Farm, and is therefore lawful. Residents were asked to provide evidence in the form of photographs or invoices for skip hire. They have asked for a weight restriction on the road but the council declare this is not practicable.