Landowner fined £47k for allowing fly-tipping
A Lancashire landowner has been fined thousands of pounds for allowing a waste management company to fly-tip 13,000 tonnes of baled waste on his land.
Arthur Morgan appeared in Burnley Crown Court charged with allowing a fly-tipping offence on his land in Oswaldtwistle and for allowing another firm to dump contaminated building waste on land in Seaforth, Liverpool, which he was in the process of buying, and from which he backed out after allowing the fly-tipping offence.
The Lancashire landowner let Wigan firm, Blakeley’s Waste Management, dump 13,000 tonnes of stinking, rotting waste on his land in Oswaldtwistle. The waste had been wrapped up in plastic wrapping to make hundreds of waste bales.
The Environment Agency began investigating the incident when local residents started complaining about the foul smell and the fly infestation.
Blakeley’s Waste Management and its owner were both prosecuted for fly-tipping and waste offences in November last year and ordered to pay fines and costs of £37,500. This would have been significantly more, but the waste management company spent £300,000 on tidying up the mess it had made.
Judge Beverley Lunt told Mr Morgan that he had prioritised financial gain over the environment and local residents. He was ordered to pay £17,500 for both the Lancashire and Liverpool offences and must also pay £30,000 in costs.
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