A septuagenarian has been fined for unlawful dumping and burning of waste.
John Trevor Thurlby, 73, of Forest Dene, Lincoln, was ordered to pay almost £8,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to the charge.
Lincoln Magistrates Court heard that Thurlby was financial director of Forest Dene-based ART Demolition when the company was found to be carrying out unauthorised deposit and burning of waste materials.
Lincolnshire County Council served two planning contravention notices – for the yard and the field – and served a temporary stop notice to prevent the dumping of any more waste in the field.
However, council officers subsequently found waste materials had once again been deposited in the field in clear breach of the regulations.
As well as the financial penalties, Thurlby was given a criminal behaviour order requiring him not to store, process or dispose of controlled waste on the field unless authorised by appropriate planning permission and permits. He has since resigned from ART Demolition
Eddy Poll, executive councillor for commercial and environmental management at Lincolnshire council, said: “I hope this case and its penalties send a strong message to others: if you breach planning rules, we will not tolerate it, we will hold you to account and we will prosecute you.”
An Environment Agency spokesperson added: “This case demonstrates how serious illegal waste crime is. Waste crime damages the environment, endangers communities and undermines legitimate business. We work together with our enforcement partners to take robust action against those who deliberately ignore the law.”