Monmouthshire council gets tough on metal dealers
3:01pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Monmouthshire news
THE scourge of metal theft blighting areas of Monmouthshire will be tackled under new legislation.
Scrap metal sites and collectors in the county must pay to obtain a licence from the county council.
Applicants must provide evidence they are suitable to carry out a business as a scrap metal dealer.
Monmouthshire council will have the power to turn down applications from those who do not or revoke licenses if the dealer becomes unsuitable.
Cllr Bryan Jones, cabinet member for county operations, said this was “long overdue,” because drain covers and cables from railway lines have been stolen in Monmouthshire: “It affects this area badly.”
This new measure has come about through the national Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, which came into force on October 1, as a response to a spate of metal thefts across the UK.
It was introduced by UK Government in response to a growth in metal theft offences along with its associated impact upon individuals,businesses and communities.
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