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Ash, Solicitor
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I have been served an Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section

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I have been served an Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 59 (1) : Notice Requiring Removal Of Controlled Waste From Land from my local council (Lewisham).
The waste has been done via fly tipping and my neighbours nor myself are responsible for any of the waste that is there.
The accompanying letter from the council states that I should get in touch with them if I need further clarification or am unable to take the remedial action requested.
The land is owned by the freeholder and there are 2 tenants plus myself who own property adjacent to the land but via leasehold (we all pay ground rent every quarter).
So my question(s) are:
Who is responsible for the remedial action
I've tried to contact the person at the council and left numerous messages all to no avail
Upon doing a little research, I'm led to believe we can appeal as it has been done via fly tipping.
Any advice greatly appreciated
Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Who has been served, you or the freeholder?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

We, the leaseholders have been served to my knowledge.

There are also 2 very large trees that we would like to know if they can be removed

Thank you

Do you own the lease to the land where the rubbish has been deposited, or is that the freeholder?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

That also belongs to the freeholder

Ok. it's the land owners responsibility if you do not have the lease of the land where Tehran rubbish is. You can ask the council to reissue if to the owner.
But if it is land which you do not own as part of the lease it should be the freeholders responsibility even though it has been fly tipped.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** was one more thing.
Apparently, 'the notice may be appealed or default recovery defended
on the basis that the occupier / owner neither knew nor should have been expected to know of the depositing of the waste'
Could you confirm whether this is correct please.