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£25,000 fine for illegal waste operator and disposal firm

£25,000 fine for illegal waste operator and disposal firm

Justin Burns

£25,000 fine for illegal  waste operator and disposal firm
An illegal waste operator and a disposal firm have been fined £25,000 for dumping 57,600 tonnes of waste at a farm in Water Oakley.

Mark Jones pleaded guilty at Maidenhead Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to three charges of causing or permitting the unlawful deposit of waste.

He admitted dumping it on rented land surrounding his property at Brayfield Farm, in Windsor Road between August 2006 and December 2010.

At the same hearing Simpson Environmental Services Limited pleaded guilty to three charges of unlawfully depositing waste on the land between August 2006 and September 2011.

The court heard how 49-year-old Jones owns a plot of land at the farm where he operates a farm shop and rents a further portion of land from an offshore company.

Between 2006-2011 Environment Agency (EA) officers visited the land Jones rented surrounding his farm and found 57,600 tonnes of waste soils.

It had been brought onto it by Simpson Environmental Services and spread.

During site visits the EA told Jones and the firm permission from the EA was needed to continue bringing waste onto the site, but it was never obtained.

The court heard payments amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds had been made by the company to Jones for accepting the waste.

Jones was fined £5,000, and told to pay costs of £4,793.84.

Simpson Environmental Services was fined £20,000, and ordered to pay costs of £4,793.84.

EA environmental crime officer Tom Haysler said: "Both Mr Jones and Simpson Environmental Services Limited had been told on a number of occasions that they were acting illegally by tipping waste materials on land designated for agriculture."

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