The Meander Chronicle wrote last month about two temporary sawmills in Nottingham Road that had raised concerns in the community.
Residents complained about noise pollution and environmental concerns, while also taking issue with the sanitary conditions on the work sites next to the R103 between Nottingham Road and Rosetta. They also worried about a potential fire hazard.
Imraan Hoosen, on whose land one of the mills was operating, pointed out that he was providing work opportunities in a severely depressed jobs market. He said it was decided to locate the mills there because “then all saw mills are in one area”.
The mills were closed over the past week – most of the sawdust and offcuts were removed or burnt, while temporary accommodation was dismantled.