Skip business pair in court over ‘above ground’ land fill site

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A Pilling couple have been punished for running what is described as an “above-ground landfill site” near a watercourse.

John and Elaine Park, of Park Hall Farm, Fleetwood Road, were found guilty of two charges under the Environmental Act relating to waste at their skip business.

Mr Park held an environmental permit for the site but the day-to-day running was by Mrs Park, the court heard.

Some of the waste they deal with is subject to strict environmental controls, requires permits and must be stored and treated inside a building.

Park, 53, and his wife, 44, run the Frank Smith skip hire business based on Bracewell Avenue, Poulton, but had no waste management plan and had stored vast quantities of waste material out of doors when not allowed to do so.

Prosecuting for the Environment Agency (EA), Kevin Slack said: “The site comprises a waste transfer station run by the defendants, where general household, commercial and industrial mixed waste was taken in.

“Greenacres Recycling Centre had one large building that benefited from an impermeable surface and a sealed drainage system.

“The outside parts of the site included concreted areas with areas of unmade ground. There was no sealed drainage system serving areas outside the building.”

Joe Hart, defending, described the couple’s financial problems to the court and the couple’s repeated calls to the EA to say they were trying to sort out issues.

Mr Park was given an 18-month suspended jail term, while his wife must serve a 150-hour community order.