Waste operator counts the cost of unlawful landfill at Great Ponton

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A waste management company has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after it was found to be disposing of waste in an unlawful manner.

Glynn Hughes, director of Harmston Waste Management Ltd, pleaded guilty at Grantham magistrate’s court to two charges relating to the unlawful disposal of waste materials at Station Quarry, Great Ponton.

During two inspections carried out in July and September 2015, the county council found waste deposits at the site, although the company did not have the appropriate permissions for such operations there.

As a result of the legal action, the company was fined £1,000 per offence, plus the council’s legal costs and a £100 victim surcharge – a total of £4255.60.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for planning, said: “We want to send a clear message to operators that we will take rigorous action against those that blatantly disregard the rules.

“This prosecution shows the county council will not tolerate operators that seek to gain a commercial advantage by disregarding planning rules at the expense of those developers that have all the necessary consents in place.”