West Yorkshire salon manager fined £2,000 for not holding a business waste contract
A West Yorkshire hairdresser has been fined in Leeds Magistrates’ Court for waste offences, including the illegal disposing of business waste and forging a receipt for waste disposal.
Carl Deacey, manager at Arena Hair Studio, situated in Wetherby, was not in possession of a business waste contract when he was contacted by Leeds City Council environmental officers in August last year.
The council officers had received complaints from the public that the hairdressing salon was using town centre public waste bins to dispose of its commercial waste.
Therefore, environmental officers handed Mr Deacey a legal notice demanding him to prove, with paper documentation, that his business had a valid waste management contract with a certified waste operator.
The hairdresser supplied the council officers with a waste disposal receipt, however, following an investigation, it was found that Mr Deacey had paid a waste contractor to forge a fake receipt. It emerged that Arena Hair Studio had not been in possession of a waste contract since it was established 35 years ago.
Mr Deacey appeared in Leeds Magistrates’ Court and was fined £2,000 under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 after pleading guilty to the waste offences.
Judging magistrates said that forging the documentation was a serious offence and disposing of business waste in council public bins was potentially harmful to the public’s health.
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A Leeds homeowner and a tradesman have been fined for fly-tipping in Leeds
Two individuals have been prosecuted in Leeds Magistrates’ Court after they were connected to two separate incidents of fly-tipping on the streets of Leeds.
The first culprit, Florentina Daniela Ciurar, of Hunslet, dumped household renovation waste on Woodview Street, directly in front of her renovation project. Environmental officers from Leeds City Council chose to prosecute the woman because the waste was endangering the public as it was spilling over onto the road.
Leeds City Council organised the removal of the waste, which included used carpet, old furniture and miscellaneous household items. She was fined £250, and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a £25 victim surcharge.
A ‘man and a van’ business owner was also prosecuted in Leeds Magistrates’ Court after dumping waste at a retail park in Hunslet. David Horsefield, of Belle Isle, had collected household waste from a customer but had disposed of it illegally rather than paying for its disposal. Leeds City Council officers were able to connect the offender’s van to the fly-tipping crime.
Mr Horsefield claimed that someone else had been using his van when the waste had been fly-tipped, but this could not be proved in court. He was fined £250 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a £25 victim surcharge.
Councillor Mark Dobson, from Leeds City Council, commented: “While we prefer to work with residents and businesses to educate and encourage people on proper ways to dispose of rubbish, there are times when we have to take immediate legal action and clean up to protect communities.”
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