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Paving firm fined for dumping on the highway

Rubble at side of road

A North East paving firm has been fined £1,500 for a series of waste offences, including depositing waste on the highway.

Priory Paving of South Shields was prosecuted under both the Highways Act and the Environmental Protection Act for depositing waste on the public highway and for failing to produce waste transfer notices showing how the company disposed of its waste.

Problems first came to light in November 2018 when the council received complaints about workers for Priory Paving dumping rubble onto a footpath, a grassed verge and a road. The company were issued with a £300 fixed penalty notice and given advice not to deposit material directly onto the highway but to use a skip.

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Above: the second deposit on the highway
However, a short time later further complaints were received about Priory Paving workers at a different location, this time about the dumping of rubble and waste directly onto a public parking bay on the highway. As its previous advice had clearly been ignored, the council decided to prosecute.

Ian Ventress, director of Priory Paving, attended Gateshead Magistrates' Court this week to answer charges of depositing waste on the highway in a public parking bay and failing to produce waste transfer notes showing how the company disposed of its waste.

In his defence, Mr Ventress' solicitor claimed that he always tries to be a reputable businessman but that at the time of this offence he was suffering with ill health.  He pleaded guilty to both offences.

Magistrates fined him £1,000 for depositing waste on the highway and a further £500 for failing to produce a waste transfer note. He was also ordered to pay costs of £375 plus a further victim surcharge of £150.

"The public have a right to expect construction firms to behave responsibly..." - Anneliese Hutchinson

"Priory Paving had been warned about their behaviour just a few weeks before this second offence," says Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection.

"They had given them clear and unambiguous advice as to how they should be containing the waste from their works, but clearly they chose to ignore that advice.

"What these offences perhaps don't make clear are the damage the company caused to a grass verge, and the sheer inconvenience they caused by blocking a public footpath, a road and a parking bay without any thought for the public. That's unacceptable."

She added: "The public have a right to expect construction firms to behave responsibly and to not create a serious nuisance simply to avoid the cost of a skip. The Magistrates' fines reflect the seriousness of the offences."

Rubble at side of road
06 August 2019

A North East paving firm has been fined £1,500 for a series of waste offences, including depositing waste on the highway.

Priory Paving of South Shields was prosecuted under both the Highways Act and the Environmental Protection Act for depositing waste on the public highway and for failing to produce waste transfer notices showing how the company disposed of its waste.

Problems first came to light in November 2018 when the council received complaints about workers for Priory Paving dumping rubble onto a footpath, a grassed verge and a road. The company were issued with a £300 fixed penalty notice and given advice not to deposit material directly onto the highway but to use a skip.

Priory Paving _02
Above: the second deposit on the highway
However, a short time later further complaints were received about Priory Paving workers at a different location, this time about the dumping of rubble and waste directly onto a public parking bay on the highway. As its previous advice had clearly been ignored, the council decided to prosecute.

Ian Ventress, director of Priory Paving, attended Gateshead Magistrates' Court this week to answer charges of depositing waste on the highway in a public parking bay and failing to produce waste transfer notes showing how the company disposed of its waste.

In his defence, Mr Ventress' solicitor claimed that he always tries to be a reputable businessman but that at the time of this offence he was suffering with ill health.  He pleaded guilty to both offences.

Magistrates fined him £1,000 for depositing waste on the highway and a further £500 for failing to produce a waste transfer note. He was also ordered to pay costs of £375 plus a further victim surcharge of £150.

"The public have a right to expect construction firms to behave responsibly..." - Anneliese Hutchinson

"Priory Paving had been warned about their behaviour just a few weeks before this second offence," says Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection.

"They had given them clear and unambiguous advice as to how they should be containing the waste from their works, but clearly they chose to ignore that advice.

"What these offences perhaps don't make clear are the damage the company caused to a grass verge, and the sheer inconvenience they caused by blocking a public footpath, a road and a parking bay without any thought for the public. That's unacceptable."

She added: "The public have a right to expect construction firms to behave responsibly and to not create a serious nuisance simply to avoid the cost of a skip. The Magistrates' fines reflect the seriousness of the offences."

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