New licensing scheme for Pembrokeshire scrap metal dealers
3:40pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
Scrap metal dealers in the county will have to be licensed from this month under a new statutory regime adopted by Pembrokeshire County Council.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (SMDA) makes it a criminal offence for someone to trade as a scrap metal dealer without a licence from the local authority.
A licence application process has been created and only ‘suitable persons’ will be given permission to deal with scrap metal.
Cllr Huw George, cabinet member for environmental and regulatory services said the idea was to stop it being profitable to take scrap to anywhere other than a licensed premises.
Council leader Cllr Jamie Adams said there was ‘significant community impact’ caused by the unregulated situation including the dangerous removal of drain covers and copper wire stolen from railway lines.
“And the occasional statue,” added Cllr Simon Hancock, member for Neyland where a bronze statute of Isambard Kingdom Brunel was stolen in 2010.
The approval of licensing applications, which cast £370 for a site licence and £240 for a collectors licence (£330 and £240 for renewals), will be delegated to the director of development.
Where applications are refused or reviewed the licensing sub committee will determine the application.
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