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Illegal dumping farm up for sale
7:20am Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
A PICTURESQUE farm in Margaretting at the centre of an illegal dumping operation is set to go under the hammer on October 2.
Little Tressells will be auctioned off by Thorpe Bay-based Dedman Gray at the Holiday Inn, in Southend, with a guide price of £800,000 for the 18-acre farm.
The property features a red brick three-bedroom farmhouse and a number of outbuildings taking up 16,000sq ft of space.
Earlier this month Neil Spooner was fined £2,000 at Chelmsford Crown Court for allowing items such as shredded plastic, syringes, glass and wood to be dumped around the site in 2011.
Investigators from the Environment Agency also discovered a slurry pit on the farm filled with shredded rubber gloves and non-toxic or hazardous items from hospitals.
The court case has had an effect on the overall value of the property.
However, auctioneer Russell Hawkes said despite the recent activity which has happened there, he believes there is a lot of potential for the farm.
He added: “Little Tressells Farm recently hit the local headlines after the previous owner was duped into allowing waste to be dumped on the site.
“This had the effect of slashing the value of the property by £1.5 million.
“However, the cost of removing the materials from the land has been grossly exaggerated and I genuinely believe this sale represents amazing value.”
The farm’s auction is due to start at 2pm.
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