Herefordshire company fined for illegally dumping waste

Written by: Florence White | Published:
John Jones Civil Engineering Company and Groundworks were found guilty of transferring over 5,000 tonnes of soil, stone, brick and concrete into two land hollows

John Jones Civil Engineering Company and Groundworks has been ordered to pay £100,000 for illegally depositing waste.

This includes the company’s prosecution cost of £50,000 as well as the fine of £50,000.

The Environmental Agency brought the charge under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

The company were found guilty of transferring over 5,000 tonnes of soil, stone, brick and concrete into two land hollows at Bage Farm, Madley between July and October 2014

These hollows were home to a population of great-crested newts, a European protected species.

Damage to the habitat as well as to the animals themselves caused by the transfer of the waste lead to the company also having to pay the costs it had avoided by disposing of the waste illegally.

Environment officer Lyndon Essex, said: “This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to tale action to ensure the protection of the environment.”


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