Nursing home fined £17,000 for sewage pollution

The owner of a nursing home has pleaded guilty to breaching limits on a sewage discharge and failing to comply with an enforcement notice requiring it to address the problem.

Appearing before Worcester magistrates on 18 January, Preferred Investments Limited was fined £17,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,682. The Environment Agency brought the charges under sections 90 and 85 of the Water Resources Act 1991.

The company holds a consent for a sewage plant serving the nursing home and other residential properties which discharged into a local watercourse near Norton Juxta Kempsey. Since September 2001, the plant had failed to comply with the consent.

In February 2003, the Agency served an enforcement notice requiring the company to carry out works to end the breaches within nine months. However, the company failed to respond despite a reminder letter.

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