Waste Men 'Merry Dance' Into Crown Court


Two Luton men who operated a waste site without an environmental permit have been sentenced to 6 months in prison, suspended for a year


Published on 12 June 2014


by Environment Agency

(WireNews+Co)

London, England

Environment Agency
Environment Agency

Skip hire operators guilty of running illegal Bedfordshire site

Both men pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to operating a skip hire business trading as McGowan’s Skip Hire at Gravenhurst Road, Silsoe, Bedfordshire.

Yesterday (10 Jun) Mark Christopher Blench, aged 42, of Hollybush Road was also fined £3,000 and ordered to pay a contribution of £5,000 towards prosecution costs.

Kevin Peter McWilliams, aged 32, of Cornel Close was also ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work.

Mrs Anne-Lise McDonald, prosecuting for the Environment Agency at Luton Crown Court said Blench brought back large quantities of waste and deposited and sorted it at the site but was only authorised to transport waste.

McWilliams moved waste on the site and sorted and disposed of waste by burning.

On 6 May 2014, they pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court and were convicted of 1 offence of carrying out waste operations without the required environmental permit between 17 September 2012 and 4 April 2013.

Mr Ged Colbon for Blench said he was ‘out of his depth’ and what he did was ‘not sophisticated’.

Ms Minal Raj for McWilliams said he was regretful of his conduct and showed remorse.

After the hearing Environment Agency officer Sarah Melvin said:

"Our specialist Environmental Crime Teams have the skills and determination to tackle serious criminals and ensure that waste crime doesn’t pay.

"We need to tackle waste crime to ensure a level playing field for legitimate business and to protect the environment."

Judge Stuart Bridge said:

"The defendants led the officers a merry dance over six months. They ignored advice and gave false names making the officers’ tasks more difficult.

"They knew what they were doing was illegal and had a history of non-compliance with warnings. Blench gained financially."

Pleas

Blench pleaded guilty to:

  1. Between 17 September 2012 and 4 April 2013 on land at Gravenhurst Road, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, jointly with Kevin Peter McWilliams, you did operate a regulated facility, namely a waste operation for the deposit, storage, treatment and disposal of waste, 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.

McWilliams pleaded guilty to:

  1. Between 17 September 2012 and 4 April 2013 on land at Gravenhurst Road, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, jointly with Mark Christopher Blench, you did operate a regulated facility, namely a waste operation for the deposit, storage, treatment and disposal of waste, 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.


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Posted 2014-06-12 12:20:00