Business park director fined for illegally burning and storing waste
Tapecrown Ltd, which owns and operates Faringdon Business Park, in Oxfordshire, and its director have been fined £24,000, after being taken to court by the Environment Agency.
The trial of TapeCrown Ltd and its 77-year-old director, was held at Oxford Crown Court last week, after the Environment Agency found that illegal burning and storing of waste was taking place at the company’s Oxfordshire business park, Faringdon Business Park.
The EA had received tip-offs from members of the public and had sent multiple letters to the company to warn them against the illegal activity that was taking place at the business park. Oxford Crown Court heard how Tapecrown Ltd and its director allowed a skip hire company and a company involved in tyres to operate from Faringdon Business Park without obtaining the necessary permits.
These companies treated, stored and burned waste at the business park, without informing the Environment Agency that commercial waste was being handled at the site.
Jack Knight, from the Environment Agency, said: “It is very disappointing that [the defendant] continued to allow the operation of an illegal site despite having an understanding of his responsibilities.
Tapecrown Ltd received a £20,000 fine (with costs to be added later), after pleading guilty to five counts of “knowingly causing the operation of a regulated facility without authority”. The company director was found guilty, despite pleading not guilty, and was given a personal fine of £4,000.
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