West Sussex care home owners fined £10,000

The two owners of a care home company have each been fined £5,000 for operating an inadequate sewage treatment plant

The two owners of a care home company have each been fined £5,000 for operating an inadequate sewage treatment plant.

Dr Shafik Sachedina and Shiraz Boghani appeared before Crawley magistrates on 14 June. They pleaded guilty to breaching a sewage discharge consent, contrary to section 85(6) of the Water Resources Act 1991. They each paid £538 in costs.

They own Sussex Health Care Ltd, which runs Clemsfold House in Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex. Clemsfold House has consent to discharge sewage with a biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of 25 milligrams per litre and suspended solids at 45mg/l.

An Environment Agency officer conducted routine sampling of the discharge on 12 February 2010. This proved to have BOD of 122mg/l, while suspended solids also exceeded the permitted limit, at 70mg/l.

The court also took into consideration a breach recorded in October 2008. Then, the BOD was 44mg/l, while levels of suspended solids were over seven times that permitted.

The pair apologised to the court for the incidents. A statement from the company said it occurred “despite their best efforts”.

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