Heathrow coach firm pays £33k after river pollution

A Heathrow coach firm has been ordered to pay a total of £33,000 after polluting a river with sewage waste. Symphony Chauffeurs Ltd has been hit with £21,000 fines and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A Heathrow coach firm has been ordered to pay a total of £33,000 after polluting a river with sewage waste.

Symphony Chauffeurs Ltd has been hit with £21,000 fines and £12,000 in costs after it emptied toilets on its luxury vehicles into public drains, which subsequently ended up in west London’s Crane River.

This broke environmental laws as the waste should have been taken to an approved site for disposal.

The watercourse was further polluted when chemicals and dirty water entered the drains after staff washed vehicles on company premises, rather than cleaning cars and coaches at an authorised location.

The company was charged with allowing poisonous, noxious or polluting matter into the river between May 2015 and February 2016, as well as failing to provide the Environment Agency with documents relating to their activities.

The sole director of the firm, Allen Jeyakumar, of Lee Road in Greenford, was fined £3,134 by the court for allowing the business to commit the offences.

Mathew Reed, who led the investigation for the Environment Agency, said: “Identifying pollution through a complex network of drains can be difficult but that doesn’t mean it cannot be done. We have the skills and technology to do it.”