Two months to clear waste tyres from farm land

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For two years Adrian Last illegally stored waste tyres on disused farm land in Louth while trading as The Branch/Crusade on Waste.

Skegness Magistrates Court was told yesterday (Thursday) that in November last year Last was served with a notice requiring him to remove the tyres by 25 January 2013. He did not comply with the notice.

The Court has now ordered him to clear the site by midday on 7 November 2013. Sentence was deferred until after the Order expires. Last will be sentenced by Skegness Magistrates Court on 14 November 2013.

Miss Emma Cranfield, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said Last told investigating officers he thought up to 6,000 tyres had been taken to the farm in Fulstow.

He also told officers that he bought the tyres and sold on those that were re-usable. He estimated 30% were suitable for selling on. He said he had been ill which meant he had been unable to clear the site.

Miss Cranfield explained to the Magistrates that Last had registered some waste exemptions with the Agency for waste recovery and recycling but the exemptions were either not relevant to the activities seen on site or the conditions of the exemptions were being breached.

“Mr Last failed to respond to advice given by our officer. He was given ample time to clear the site,” said Miss Cranfield.

When making the Order the Magistrates’ told Mr Last that in their opinion the Environment Agency had been more than patient with him and these tyres needed to be cleared.

After the hearing Environment Agency officer Rob Flint said: “This sort of waste activity can harm the environment and because of the numbers and the way they were stored there was a very real fire risk.

“Everyone who disposes of waste has a duty of care to ensure their waste is handled correctly.”

Skegness Magistrates

1. Between 21 December 2011 and 27 February 2013 on land at Harness Farm, The Moorings, Bridge Lane, Fulstow, Louth, LN11 0XP you did operate a regulated facility, namely a waste operation for the deposit and storage 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

2. You failed, without reasonable excuse, by Friday 25 January 2013, or at all, to comply with the requirement in a notice dated and served on 26 November 2012 pursuant to section 59 (1)(a) and (b) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to remove controlled waste deposited, in contravention of Regulation 12 Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 and or section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on land known as Harness Farm, The Moorings, Bridge Lane, Fulstow, Louth, LN11 0XP.

Contrary to section 59(1) and (5) Environmental Protection Act 1990

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