Air pollution control: the unsatisfactory case of Jackson v Tilling

A recent High Court case which ended with a Yorkshire farmer being awarded £70,000 for pollution damage reawakens old questions about air pollution control powers and responsibilities.

The case brought by Gordon Jackson, who farms 150 acres at Cracoe near Skipton, against Tilling Construction Services, the operators of a nearby limestone quarry and processing works, was in several ways an unprecedented one. It was the first time a case of this kind had reached the High Court; and it established, on the ruling of Mr Justice Taylor on 24 March, that lime kiln emissions can cause serious and quantifiable damage to both crops an

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