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BORDERS USED CAR PARK AS TIP

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Borders RC breached its own planning policies by using a car park to store roadfill, pavings slabs and other heavy ...
Borders RC breached its own planning policies by using a car park to store roadfill, pavings slabs and other heavy materials, the Scottish local government ombudsman has revealed.

The ombudsman found the council - now disbanded because of reorganisation - guilty of maladministration and injustice after a resident complained of disturbance from noise, dust and debris.

Borders did not apply for planning permission to change the use, and thereby deprived residents a chance to object.

'This complaint serves to highlight the fact that local authorities enjoy no greater freedom than a private individual or company,' the report says.

The car park has now been restored to its normal use. The ombudsman agrees that the failure to apply for planning permission was an oversight.
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