A 66-year-old landowner has been ordered to part with more than £250,000 after pleading guilty to a series of waste offences.
Kevin Patrick Henry O’Sullivan of Chivers Road, Stondon Massey in Essex, was told by Chemsford Crown Court to hand over £207,000 received in rent payments under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
He was also fined £34,985 plus a £15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay a £13,000 contribution to Environment Agency costs after allowing tenants to operate illegally.
O’Sullivan let 16 units at the Morelands Industrial Estate at Rettendon Common, Chelmsford,for vehicle breaking, skip waste transfer, waste burning and scrap storage.
EA officers went to the site on various dates in 2010 to investigate several illegal waste operations. Mr Sailesh Mehta, prosecuting for the Agency, told the court that O’Sullivan had let the units with no written agreements.
The units did not have concrete surfaces or proper drainage to protect the environment. Waste was treated and stored without supervision. Plastics, rubber and treated wood was burned illegally.
EA officer Tim Sheppard said: “This result follows considerable effort by the Agency to bring a notorious industrial estate into compliance with the law.
“There is more to be done in other places and I hope that landlords with scrap waste sites on their land will take their responsibilities regarding their tenants’ activities seriously.”