Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Firm receives £10,000 fine for illegal dumping at beauty spot

A waste firm that illegally dumped 2,000 tonnes of roadwork waste in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been fined £10,000.

More than 100 truckloads of excavation waste were taken from works on the A41 to Raans Farm in the Green Belt in November and December 2003.

Roadworks contractor Balfour Beatty had complied with its Duty of Care by employing a registered waste firm for the project and requiring it to nominate two licensed landfill sites.

But its waste carrier Joywheel failed to use the two sites it nominated - instead taking the rubbish to John Woodley's farm in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

Woodley was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay £716 costs, while Joywheel was also made to pay £716 costs.

The fines followed a joint investigation by the Environment Agency (EA) and Buckinghamshire County Council.

EA Thames Region head of prosecutions Angus Innes told the court that the illegal dumping of construction waste was a huge problem in the south east of England.

"Both defendants were motivated by financial gain," said Innes. "And both knew that what they were doing did not have planning or waste licensing permission."

Investigating EA officer Peter Stark added: "The fines imposed by the court will be a warning that illegal waste operations will not be tolerated."

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.