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Family buy farm involved in illegal dumping case
7:20am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A FARM involved in an illegal waste dumping case has been bought by a couple looking to turn it into their retirement home.
Andrew and Janet McTurk, from Brentwood, purchased Little Tressells in The Tye, Margaretting at an auction in Southend for £816,000.
Last 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 hospital.
Now the future looks bright again for the picturesque farm with the McTurk’s wanting to renovate the property so they can live there after they retire with a view of making it a working farm again.
Mr McTurk said: “We are very pleased to have bid successfully for this property.
“It has problems that will have to be addressed in the short term, but we feel very positive that in the future we will be able to take advantage of its superb setting and make it into an attractive residence.”
Their son Peter was at the auction held by Thorpe Bay-based Dedman Gray with the value of the18 acres of land and a three-bed farmhouse being slashed by £1.5m due to the court case.
Despite the farm being involved in the dumping incident, auctioneers believed the property offered superb value.
Managing director Mike Gray said: “It’s great news that we have been able to provide a happy ending for Little Tressells Farm.
“This success story just goes to prove, yet again, why increasing numbers of people are choosing auction to sell and buy property.”