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Kent site has permit revoked

A household waste transfer site in Kent has had its permit revoked by the Environment Agency.

Orpington-based firm Sitec is no longer authorised to operate a waste business at the site at Cornwall Drive, St Paul’s Cray.

The firm was fined £75,000 by Bromley Magistrates Court in April 2011 following an EA prosecution for numerous waste offences.

It had been storing much more household skip waste at the site than was allowed by its permit, and had failed to act on warnings and enforcement notices.

When Sitec continued to breach its permit conditions after the fine, the EA revoked its permit in December 2011.

Chris Back, environment officer for Tideway & South London, said: “Sitec’s activities had the potential to cause serious damage to a highly protected conservation area nearby and also have an amenity impact on the local community.”

He added: “We hope this action sends a clear message to all operators that we will, where appropriate, take permits away.”

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