Blackburn residents asked over scrap metal law

BLACKBURN with Darwen Council is looking for residents’ opinions to help guide a policy regarding the licensing of scrap metal dealers.

A new law to tackle trade in stolen scrap metal has come in to force which will give new powers to councils – and residents are being asked to steer the decision making process.

Since coming into force in December, the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 aims to stop the theft of metal which has become more widespread in the borough, in particular railway lines and churches.

All scrap dealers and motor salvage operators in Blackburn with Darwen Council will now have to apply for a licence from the council and keep records on who they buy from.

The new rules also require dealers to record the value of the metal purchased, as well as proof of the seller's identity and address, and keep the records for three years.

The consultation will end on January 31 and more information can be found at www.blackburn.gov.uk.

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1:50pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Angusam says...

About time.

They should also think about even tougher regulation for Lead scrap sales as this is the metal that is stolen the most from old houses and historical properties and the damage caused when this happends is devastating and costs thousands to repair.
About time. They should also think about even tougher regulation for Lead scrap sales as this is the metal that is stolen the most from old houses and historical properties and the damage caused when this happends is devastating and costs thousands to repair. Angusam
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4:35pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Just an observer says...

Not only keeping a paper trail, a photo of the seller should also be introduced. this may just deter people from, gaining the scrap illegally perhaps. i have NO objection to this, helps eliminate from dishonesty i think.
Not only keeping a paper trail, a photo of the seller should also be introduced. this may just deter people from, gaining the scrap illegally perhaps. i have NO objection to this, helps eliminate from dishonesty i think. Just an observer
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