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Wood waste fire costs man £7K

Katie Coyne05/07/2018 - 13:56

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Wood waste fire breached notice
Wood waste fire breached notice

A man has been ordered to pay £7,368.02 in fines and costs for burning wood waste at Moody Street Farm in Gillow Heath, Staffordshire.

Charles Percy Shaw, of Akesmoor Lane, was found guilty at Newcastle under Lyme Magistrates Court for breaching a nuisance abatement notice.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council said it received a ‘significant’ number of complaints about smoke from the bonfire in November 2015, which prompted them to issue a nuisance abatement notice.

The council’s environmental health team asked Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service to step in and put out the fire.

Shaw then lit another wood waste bonfire in November 2017, in breach of the notice, which burned from 7 and 9 November and local residents from Gillow Heath and Biddulph complained.

Councillor Arthur Forrester, cabinet member for the environment said: ‘These fires caused significant inconvenience to neighbours with the impact of the smoke lasting for days and preventing those living nearby from carrying out every day, domestic activities.

‘This is clearly a situation that we cannot allow to happen and we welcome the decision of the court to impose this substantial penalty.’

Magistrates fined Shaw £1,000 for failure to comply with the notice issued on 6 November 2017 and a further £100 for similar failures on 7, 8 and 9 November.

Council costs of £1,278.66 were awarded together with a compensation order of £4,689.36 for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and a £100 victim surcharge resulting in a total penalty of £7,368.02.

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