Waste operator pleads guilty to offences
A Middlesbrough skip operator has been given a suspended prison sentence after he ran a waste transfer station without an environmental permit. The Environment Agency (EA) said Stephen Fenwick also failed to provide information to its officers about the waste he was handling at Bolckow industrial estate in Grangetown.
Fenwick, who traded as CPR Skip Hire out of two operating centres and under a restricted operator licence, pleaded guilty to the waste offences at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.
An EA site visit in January 2020 found 10 skips containing mixed waste including wood, plastic, tyres and domestic appliances. He was advised to remove the waste, but during further visits throughout the year the EA officers saw further evidence of waste storage and sorting taking place. When asked for waste transfer notes Fenwick said he didn’t have any and offered to fabricate some. On the day of sentence the operator provided evidence which showed the site had now been fully cleared of waste.
He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months, as well as 10 days of rehabilitation activity and an 8-week 7pm to 7am curfew. He was also fined £480, ordered to pay more than £4,000 in costs and a £122 victim surcharge.
DTC gives last chance to scaffolding firm
An Aldershot operator who lied to a traffic commissioner about the use of vehicles before its licence was granted has escaped revocation after it recruited a staff member to organise the business. However, deputy TC John Baker said the licence held by OTT Scaffolding Services would be suspended for a month to reflect the seriousness of the case.
The operator appeared before the TC after a DVSA traffic examiner suspected one of its vehicles of being overloaded, as well as being operated without an MOT. When OTT’s licence was granted in August 2020, sole director Ashley Baker claimed that the previous lending of an O-licence to him, as well as the unlawful use of HGVs, had been due to a misunderstanding and once he had realised the consequences of doing so he had parked up his HGVs. However, ANPR checks showed that the company’s vehicles had been used dozens of times in the run-up to the first PI.
In his written decision, the DTC said there had been breaches in that vehicles had not been kept in a fit and serviceable condition; documentation requested by the DVSA was lacking and drivers’ hours records were missing.
“It is also obvious to me and accepted eventually by Mr Baker that what he told me in relation to use of the vehicles prior to the grant of the licence in August 2020 was false,” the DTC said.
He added that taking on an employee to organise the business could make the business compliant and so he stepped back from revocation.