By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 13 September 2013 Updated: 13/09 12:43
EXTRA powers should be given to councils to crack down on noisy scrap collectors, a councillor has urged.
Coun Carole Gandy said she felt new laws being introduced next month (October) would not make a difference to residents suffering because of metal collectors constantly making noise or those who have taken items from drives or gardens.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 enables Redditch Borough Council to charge a licence fee for both mobile collectors and sites which buy or sell scrap metal or parts of vehicles.
Proposals passed at a meeting on Monday (September 9) mean the three-year licences will cost £290 for sites and £145 for collectors.
While Coun Gandy said she welcomed the news, she was disappointed the legislation did not go further.
“I am sure I am not alone in having received loads of complaints from residents about the noise vehicles makes as they decide to tour around our roads day after day after day,” she said.
“In a number of cases they are in unmarked vehicles and unless you are quick enough to get out there and take their registration number there is no way of knowing who they are. Some of them seem to believe if you leave something on your drive that’s metal it’s free to them.
“I really do think with regard to collectors from the residents’ point of view they will see this as being no improvement at all on what they have to suffer daily.”
Dave Etheridge, senior licensing practitioner for Worcestershire Regulatory Services, said: “I appreciate the difficulties in identifying those committing offences. Regulatory services have now got much greater power to deem the suitability of licence holders.
“We can revoke licences from those deemed to be no longer suitable so it is possible if somebody has committed offences, that might be relevant information for members to consider when deciding if someone is suitable.”
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