Press release

North East man fined for waste offences

Man failed to comply with notice to remove waste from land in Teesside following Environment Agency investigation.

Image of waste at the Hope Street compound
Waste at the Hope Street compound

A man has been fined after he failed to comply with a notice to remove waste from land in Teesside.

Daniel Walsh, 30, of Derwent Street in Stockton, appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, July 12, for sentence.

He had pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to comply with a notice requiring him to remove waste from land at Hope Street, Haverton Hill in Billingham, and a charge of burning waste on the land.

He was fined £1,300 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.

250 tonnes of waste on site

Acting on behalf of the Environment Agency, solicitor Simon Crowder told the court Walsh had been sentenced in February 2015 for running a waste site without a permit – he was fined £1,000 on that occasion.

After that case, Environment Agency officers attended the site and noted around 250 tonnes of waste, mainly soil, construction and demolition material. In April 2015, a notice was sent to Walsh requiring him to clear the site by July 30, 2015.

On July 31, officers attended land next to the site and saw smoke coming from the compound. On August 4, they attended again and there was no apparent reduction in the waste pile present on the site.

In interview Walsh accepted that he’d received the notice to remove the waste but said he was unable to clear it in the time frame given. Waste Transfer Notes were produced which showed some of the waste had been removed, but he said financial difficulties were making it hard.

‘Evidence of burning’

Dave Edwardson, Enforcement Team Leader at the Environment Agency in the North East, said:

Despite a court hearing last year and a notice to clear the site, Walsh failed to remove the waste and officers saw evidence of burning.

Illegal waste activity has a detrimental impact on the community and environment, as well as undermining legitimate business.

We’ll continue to work hard to ensure enforcement action is taken against those who flout the law.

Anyone who has information about waste crimes can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Published 15 July 2016