Company manager fined £ 1,272 for abandoning Shropshire landfill

  • The Environment Agency files lawsuits after the abandonment of a waste site

  • The accused pleaded guilty in Worcester Magistrates’ Court

  • The waste was stored in violation of the permit conditions

Jonathan Wells, of Condover, Shrewsbury, pleaded guilty in Worcester Magistrates’ Court on November 19, 2021 to violating the terms of an environmental waste permit, including abandoning the site operated by LMS Skips Limited in Bromfield, Ludlow .

The court fined Wells, who was the sole trustee, totaling £ 1,272 (£ 636 on each charge), ordered him to pay a victim fine surcharge of £ 127 and a contribution to the costs of £ 500 lawsuit.

Between October 2016 and November 2017, officers visited the site and it was clear that too much waste was being accepted.

Large amounts of waste, including household and commercial waste, were stored on the ground, outside buildings and not in containers in violation of permit conditions.

Several reports have been issued to LMS Skips Limited informing them of license violations.

Initially, the defendant was there, but on October 2, 2017, there was no one there. Officers attempted to contact Mr. Wells without success.

Unbeknownst to the Environment Agency, Wells abandoned the site on September 11, 2017. It later became a fly spill hotspot. Neighboring units suffered from pest problems due to the waste volumes.

The site was sold following the liquidation of LMS Skips and cleaned up in 2018 at a cost of £ 45,000.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said:

The Environment Agency takes waste-related crime very seriously and is committed to prosecuting when an offense has been committed.

We are determined to make life difficult for criminals. We support legitimate businesses and we proactively support them by disrupting and stopping the criminal element.

We urge anyone wishing to get involved in the waste industry to ensure that they have the proper permits and approvals.

If you suspect that waste-related crimes are taking place, please contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

Charges

  1. Between October 2, 2016 and November 29, 2017, LMS Skips Limited at Station Garage, Bromfield, Ludlow, violated conditions 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 of environmental permit number EPR / AB3407LH (formerly waste management license EAWML46002) by that he was storing waste outside buildings and not in containers, contrary to Regulations 12 and 38 of the Environmental Permits Regulations 2016 (England and Wales) and the offense was committed with consent , the connivance or negligence of Jonathan Wells as director of the company, contrary to regulation 41 of the same Regulation.

  2. Between June 15, 2017 and December 7, 2017, LSM Skips Limited at “Station Garage”, Bromfield, Ludlow, violated condition 1.9.2 of environmental permit number EPR / AB3407LH (formerly waste management license EAWML46002) by abandoning the site without notifying the Environment Agency of the cessation of its waste management operations contrary to Regulations 12 and 38 of the Environmental Permits Regulations 2016 (England and Wales) and the offense was committed with the consent, connivance or negligence of Jonathan Wells as director of the company, contrary to article 41 of the same Rules.