Three men have been fined more than £10,000 for illegally landfilling waste after a prosecution by the Environment Agency
Brothers David and Alan Bradley, joint owners of Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel, near Blackhall, Durham, were fined £3,855 and £971, respectively, while haulier Alan Waggott, of Howden-le-Wear, was fined £6,007.
All three pleaded guilty at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court. It heard that EA staff visited the hotel in September 2016 and found part of the car park, which is near to a watercourse, covered in waste with which the owners intended to repair an area that had suffered a landslip.
The agency noted it was illegal to dispose of waste by landfilling without an environmental permit, which Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel did not have. EA officers found traces of bonded asbestos among the waste.
Waggott was contracted to remove waste from construction sites in North Ormesby and 36 wagon loads were tipped for free at the hotel.
More waste was found on a return visit by officers, despite them having ordered operations to stop and the removal of the waste.
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