Property Developer Fined Over Waste Issues

pjr-1-imageA property development company has been fined thousands of pounds after admitting failing to keep control of its waste.

On 8 January 2016, enforcement officers from Milton Keynes Council’s Environmental Crime Unit attended North Second Street, Central Milton Keynes, following complaints from the public over waste coming from the redevelopment of Platinum House.

“In this instance, North Second Street Ltd failed to take all reasonable steps to ensure that their waste couldn’t escape their control and magistrates have punished them with the maximum fine available.”

Officers found that the parking bays to the front of the building were covered in construction waste to the point that it was spilling onto public land and high winds, at that time, were blowing the lighter materials along a footpath at the side of the building.

MK Magistrates heard on Friday (23 September) that the company, North Second Street Ltd, had issues with clearance of the waste over the Christmas period, but were unaware of the scale of the problem. They pleaded guilty to one count of breaching their duty of care with regard to waste.

Magistrates fined the Kent-based company £5,000 and ordered them to pay the council’s legal and investigation costs of £1053.98.

Environmental Crime Unit Team Leader, Pete Roberts, said, “All businesses have a legal Duty of Care to ensure that they look after their waste properly and have it taken away by an authorised waste carrier.

“In this instance, North Second Street Ltd failed to take all reasonable steps to ensure that their waste couldn’t escape their control and magistrates have punished them with the maximum fine available.”


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