WASTE COMPANY OWNER IS FACING SECOND JAIL TERMBy Court Reporter
June 14, 2006
THE owner of a Finchampstead waste business ordered by the courts to stop his illegal rubbish dump has been warned he faces prison for breaching the ban.
Richard Spencer from Eversley in Hampshire was jailed for 24 weeks last year after admitting offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 relating to a waste transfer business – Arborfield Waste Management Services – he was running near Reading Road in Finchampstead without a licence.
Mr Spencer was released in January this year but at the time the Environment Agency successfully applied for an injunction banning him from bringing more waste on to the site and ordering him to close it down.
Mr Spencer’s activities have been featured on a Channel 4 undercover documentary, and the Environment Agency says neighbours have had to put up with pollution and noise from the large-scale site for years.
At Mr Spencer’s trial last week it was alleged that up to 2,000 cubic metres of rubbish had been dumped on the site since the injunction, much of it from skips hired out and then returned full of industrial and domestic waste.
Lawyers for the Environment Agency alleged in a civil contempt case at London’s High Court last Wednesday that, on two occasions in March this year, its officers spotted more skips being brought on to the site in clear breach of the injunction.
They also argued Mr Spencer had failed to get rid of all the rubbish on the site by a May 26 deadline set at a previous court hearing.
See The Wokingham Times 14/06/06 for full details.