Illegal dump costs trio £100,000
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