Court fines firm over waste charge

Blackbridge Farm, Burton Latimer
Blackbridge Farm, Burton Latimer

The firm that operates a processing plant at fire-hit Blackbridge Farm near Burton Latimer has been fined £33,000 for committing environmental offences.

The director of Think Environmental, Gerard Paul Reynolds, was fined £30,000 at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court today (Monday, October 1) for failing to comply with an environmental permit.

The company was fined a further £3,000 for a section 59 offence of failing to remove waste

A further section 59 offence of the environmental protection act was dismissed by the court.

The company was ordered to pay costs of £15, 013.15 to the court.

The action was taken after the company deposited waste material on the site and covered it in soil, in contravention of its planning permission.

It came after two fires took place at the farm. The first fire started spontaneously on September 25, 2011, in a warehouse and lasted for two weeks.

The second started on October 11, 2011, after plastic waste material stored on open ground self-heated until it caught fire.