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Melton resident prosecuted for contaminating a council property garden.

Published Friday, 28th February 2020

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Simon Holland of Kipling Drive, Melton Mowbray, pleaded guilty to disposing of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution to the environment or harm to human health under S33(c) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Cllr Joe Orson, Leader of the Council stated:The Council’s mission is to protect and enhance the environment within the Borough, maintaining Melton as a clean area for all residents of the community. When the negligence of an individual contaminates land which damages the environment, leads to potential health risks to the community and costs the Council to rectify, it is right that legal action is taken.

“This successful prosecution sends another clear message that the Council takes its responsibility seriously and will take action against those who are causing problems in the community”.

On 26 March 2019, Officers in the Environmental Health Team at Melton Borough Council received a report that the family of the former tenant of a property in Regency Rd, Asfordby, Melton Mowbray were clearing the property. They had been observed digging a hole and pouring in a liquid that looked like engine oil. The incident was recorded on a mobile phone.

Staff from Environmental Health and Property teams visited the property and observed that the ground had recently been disturbed and there was an odour of oil in that location. Laboratory testing of the soil confirmed that the bulk of the contamination was indicative of lubricating oils – such as engine oil.

Holland appeared before Leicester Magistrates Court on 12 February 2020 and pleaded guilty; the Council were represented by its in-house legal team. Holland was fined £500, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and to pay costs of £2071.33 which includes the cost of clearing the land.  

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