Dumping costs property developer £25,500

A Wiltshire company and one of its directors were fined £7,500 with £18,000 costs by Swindon Crown Court on 28 November after being found guilty of dumping waste at the director's farm.

The Environment Agency launched an investigation into RH Tomlinssons (Trowbridge) in 2001 after receiving a public complaint about dumping and disposal of waste on land at Heywood, near Westbury. Inspections revealed a large pile of waste some two metres high comprising old beds, mattresses and carpets, plastic pipes and broken furniture. Additional waste, including rubble and broken tiles, was found on a lorry parked nearby. The site did not have a waste management licence. The company was fined £5,000 for depositing and keeping controlled waste at an unlicensed site, contrary to sections 33(1)(a), 33(1)(b) and 33(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Director Thomas Rothschild, the farmer and property developer who owned the site, was fined £2,500 for depositing waste at an unlicensed site. Both were ordered to pay costs of £9,000.

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