A skip hire company has been ordered to pay £19,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to operating an illegal construction waste transfer station.
Feely Skip & Grab Hire was charged when an Environment Agency (EA) investigation found the business was operating a waste facility without an environmental permit or exemption at its site (pictured) on The Old Mill, Worcester Park, Surrey.
Company director David Feely rented land for parking and storage, but Guildford Crown Court heard that the site was being used to store 4,000 tonnes of construction waste and at least 17 skips of builders’ materials, including plastic piping, carpet offcuts, wooden panels, paper and cardboard.
Feely said he intended to clear the site quicker but the waste had got out of hand. He pleaded not guilty and his offence was left on file in view of the guilty plea by the company.
Judge Critchlow fined the company £10,000, ordered it to pay £9,000 towards the prosecution’s costs and imposed a victim surcharge of £120.
He took into account the fact that there was an early guilty plea and the defendant was making a contribution to the clearance costs incurred by the landlord.
EA environment manager Alan Cansdale said: “Feely was warned by his landlord on two previous occasions that he was breaking the law.”