Il­le­gal dump costs trio £100,000

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

AN IL­LE­GAL waste site has cost three peo­ple a to­tal of more than £100,000 in fines and costs.

Ge­orge Pen­fold, his fa­ther, James Pen­fold and Josephine Pet­ti­grove were pros­e­cuted for per­mit­ting the de­posit and keep­ing of waste without a li­cence at Nick­ley Wood, Sha­dox­hurst.

They were fined a com­bined to­tal of £78,000 plus £26,976 costs by Ash­ford mag­is­trates last Wed­nes­day.

Now the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, which brought the prose­cu­tion, is us­ing the mas­sive fines as a warn­ing for oth­ers not to do the same.

A spokesman said: “We are com­mit­ted to clean­ing up the en­vi­ron­ment in Kent. We hope this size­able fine sends a strong mes­sage to oth­ers.

“We will use all the pow­ers at our dis­posal in or­der to tackle th­ese op­er­a­tors who are not only harm­ing the en­vi­ron­ment but un­der­min­ing le­git­i­mate busi­ness.”

Pet­ti­grove, 42, of Nick­ley Wood, Sha­dox­hurst; Ge­orge Pen­fold, 37, of Church Green, Sta­ple­hurst, and James Pen- fold, 58, of Bell Farm Lane, Min­ster, faced two charges each; per­mit­ting con­trolled waste to be kept without a waste man­age­ment li­cence and al­low­ing it to be de­posited without a li­cence.

They were each fined £13,000 for each charge, to­talling £26,000 per per­son, and each had to pay £8,992 costs. All three pleaded guilty to all charges.

The court heard the of­fences hap­pened over 18 months be­tween Septem­ber 2005 and March 2007 and the prose­cu­tion was brought un­der the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act 1990.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency says that de­posit­ing and stor­ing waste in this way also car­ries a high risk of en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

If there is no sys­tem of checks all sorts of waste could be de­posited, af­fect­ing the sur­round­ing in­hab­i­tants and en­vi­ron­ment as well as ground­wa­ter.

Ash­ford bor­ough ward coun­cil­lor Aline Hicks said: “It cre­ates a bad feel­ing when peo­ple seem to get away with this sort of thing.

“The En­vi­ron­ment Agency were right to bring this prose­cu­tion.”

The site at Sha­dox­hurst, for which three peo­ple were pros­e­cuted by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and fined a to­tal £78,000

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