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Contravention costs waste management firm £20,000

1 September 2017

A business in South Derbyshire has been fined £20,000 after failing to take sufficient steps to stop its activities having an unreasonable effect on others in the local area.

In November 2016, Rainbow Waste Management Limited, of Swadlincote, was served with a Community Protection Notice which instructed it to conduct its work in such a way that its vehicles, and mud and debris on local roads from its activities, did not have a detrimental effect on others in the locality.

After further complaints between January and May 2017, South Derbyshire District Council’s Safer Neighbourhood Wardens established that the conditions of the notice had been breached. The breaches caused significant cost and loss of trade to other local businesses, as well as disruption and nuisance to their staff.

A prosecution was taken by the district council under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. At Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court, the company pleaded guilty to breaches between 3 January and 25 May 2017of the Community Protection Notice and was fined £20,000, plus £1,794.17 costs.

Councillor Peter Watson, chairman of the Housing and Environmental Services Committee, said:

“We spend a lot of time helping our local businesses to reduce their environmental impact on people and other business operators in the locality.

“Sometimes we need to resort to formal legal action. This business has now committed to fully meet the conditions of the Notice. We’re confident that in this case appropriate steps will continue to be taken to ensure that the interests of everyone in the locality will be maintained.”