The owner of a car breaking business has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay nearly £35,000 in fines and costs after admitting illegal waste activity.
William Creasey, of Brickhouse Lane, South Godstone, appeared at Guildford Crown Court accused of operating a waste facility without the correct environmental permits in a manner likely to cause pollution.
The case followed complaints from members of the public and an investigation by the Environment Agency (EA). Problems at the Surrey site included fires burning in skips and oil escaping to nearby watercourses.
Creasey has been operating his car breaking business at this site for many years. He claimed end-of-life cars stored there were for banger racing.
The EA said the site was used to illegally burn waste scaffolding boards and store waste tyres and wheels, damaged vehicles, and skips full of waste metal.
On one visit in 2012 officers found a fire burning in a 40-yard skip close to the property perimeter.
Creasey was sentenced to serve 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £34,800 fines and costs.
Andrew Pearce, EA area manager, said: “It’s cases like this that demonstrate how waste crime can undermine legitimate businesses. Creasey generated savings by dealing with waste inappropriately, but his site posed a real risk to the local environment.”