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Scrap operator fined £7,000

An operator of a waste vehicle dismantling site in Norfolk has been fined £7,000 by King's Lynn Magistrates' Court.

Waste cars on Barnes' vehicle dismantling site

The operator of a waste vehicle dismantling site at Dereham, Norfolk repeatedly ignored Environment Agency advice not to store waste vehicles and parts in a field, and today (Thurs) was fined £7,000 by King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court. He was also ordered to pay £4,033 costs.

Colin Barnes of Podmore Lane, Scarning, Dereham, used the field next to his site as an overflow facility for his scrap business, but the field did not have any hard standing or drainage to prevent leaks from vehicles polluting the environment and it was not authorised to store waste.

Environment officers visited Barnes on 15 occasions over 23 months and issued him with an enforcement notice to clear the field. He failed to comply.

Environment Agency prosecutor, Mrs Miriam Tordoff, told the court that :

The waste activities were deliberate. Colin Barnes was aware of the need to be appropriately authorised to manage waste as he holds a waste permit for adjacent land and had numerous visits from Environment Agency officers.

Barnes told investigating officers that he had been trying his best to clear the field. Some of the waste was moved there from his permitted site while he carried out concreting work. He did not think any of the vehicles would leak. The field was cleared by February 2014.

After the hearing Environment Agency officer Simon Engler said:

This case highlights the importance of ensuring the appropriate permits or authorisations are in place for waste businesses.

As well as saving the cost of obtaining a permit, this operator avoided the cost of installing proper infrastructure designed to prevent pollution. This sort of activity undercuts legitimate businesses and puts the environment at risk.

Barnes pleaded guilty to:

  1. Between 04 December 2011 and 19 November 2013 on land at Willow Lodge, Podmore Lane, Scarning, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2NS you did operate a regulated facility, namely a waste operation for the storage of waste motor vehicles and vehicle parts, without being authorised by an environmental permit granted under Regulation 13 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. Contrary to Regulation 12(1)(a) and 38(1)(a) Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 Fined £5,000

  2. You failed, without reasonable excuse, by 12 noon on 02 August 2013 to comply with the requirement in a notice dated 03 July 2013 and served on you pursuant to section 59 (1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to remove controlled waste from land occupied by you at Willow Lodge, Podmore Lane, Scarning, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2NS. Contrary to section 59 (5) Environmental Protection Act 1990 Fined £2,000.

Published 1 May 2014