Imprisonment for illegal waste site in Norfolk

The owner of a waste site has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for running the illegal facility in Norfolk. Mark Edward Fuller breached planning and environmental rules by running the site […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The owner of a waste site has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for running the illegal facility in Norfolk.

Mark Edward Fuller breached planning and environmental rules by running the site for more than a year without planning permissions and environmental permits to deposit, store, dispose and treat waste.

In September 2010, Norfolk County Council told Mr Fuller to stop taking waste onto the land and processing it because it was in the open countryside and its scale, form and mass caused harm to the landscape, the Environment Agency stated.

The notice was appealed by Mr Fuller in August 2011 but the Planning Inspector upheld the enforcement notice.

Despite correspondence, discussions, meetings and site visits by the Environment Agency and Norfolk County Council officers, Mr Fuller continued to operate illegally.

In November 2012, the Environment Agency and council officers inspected the site and found a large stockpile of wood waste, amounting to many thousands of tonnes.

Additionally there were thousands of tonnes of waste soil and construction and demolition waste imported and stockpiled.

Mr Fuller told officers that he had not received the letters from the Environment Agency and said he thought the operation was legal until the officers visited him .

Enforcement Team Leader Phil Henderson said: “The operation of illegal waste sites pose significant risk to our environment and local communities, particularly where this involves the wholesale stockpiling of waste as in this case.

“This sentence reflects the seriousness with which the Environment Agency, our partners and the courts view this type of criminal offending and we will seek to prosecute those involved wherever possible. Operators need to ensure that they obtain the appropriate permission to operate waste sites and comply with the conditions of their permit.”