By Katherine Clarkson
A massive 600,000 tyres mountain, branded an “environmental ticking time bomb” looks set to be cleared up.
Businessman Roger Gawn has pledged to end the decade-long saga of the infamous Tattersett Business Park eyesore at Sculthorpe in Norfolk.
There have been repeated attempts to sort out the problem of removing the 600,000 tyres, which have come from cars and lorries.
Now Mr Gawn has undertaken the mammoth task after becoming the new owner of Tattersett and will start shredding the tyres to see the mountain drastically reduced within eight weeks.
Mr Gawn said: “As the new owner of the Tattersett Business Park I have taken on the onerous task of being the person responsible for seeing the mountain of tyres removed and I have already arranged for the area to be fenced for security purposes and to prevent any further illegal dumping of tyres.”
Longer term plans involve creating a permanent tyre recycling facility for north Norfolk on the site.
He said that in conjunction with his architect he will be preparing an “eco-solution master plan” for the overall former airfield site for eventual submission to the local authority.
Mr Gawn, who is well-known in Norfolk as the owner of a number of landmark properties, including Melton Constable Hall and the Custom House at King’s Lynn, would not reveal the exact purchase price of the 180-acre business park from former owner French bank Societe Generale.
However, he said it was a commercial transaction and the price reflected the existence of the tyre mountain.
He said: “This is certainly an onerous task that I have taken on with the purchase of the park.
” I have taken this on in good faith and there have been considerable behind-the-scenes talks with interested parties including Norman Lamb, North Norfolk MP, the Environment Agency, North Norfolk District Council and Fakenham county councillor David Callaby.