A Nottinghamshire man has been fined £10,000 plus prosection costs after pleading guilty to six charges relating to the mismanagement of a commercial site and the unlawful storage of waste at his home address.
Jason Marshall was charged with the offences after Environment Agency staff and a member of Nottinghamshire County Council’s planning team carried out an inspection of a site on Wigwam Lane in Hucknall in early February 2013.
They found that between 500 and 1,000 tonnes of mixed waste were stored at the site, exceeding the maximum of 50 tonnes allowed by the site’s permit. Contrary to permit conditions waste was also stored across the site, including in uncovered spaces.
Marshall was given two months to reduce the levels of waste at Wigwam Lane and to repair the roof of the waste transfer building, which was in a poor state, according to the EA.
When the EA returned in May there had been some reduction in the levels of waste but there were still around 200 tonnes remaining. There were also concerns over the lack of engineered drainage at the site causing run-off, and Marshall was told that the notice to improve conditions had not been complied with.
Further visits to the site found littleimprovement with waste continuing to exceed allowable limits and sightings of rats.
EA officers then visited Marshall’s home where they found four skips containing mixed construction and demolition waste, and waste materials including a bed base, a door, gas canisters, tyres and vehicles on the ground. The waste had been put there after being removed from Wigwam Lane.
As well as the £10,000 fine Marshall was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £8,042 and a victim surcharge of £120.