Castledawson woman fined for illegally keeping waste on her land

Court news
Court news

A lady landowner from Castledawson has been fined £1,000 by the courts after Environment Agency staff found controlled waste on land she holds in Coleraine.

The case, which was heard at Ballymena Magistrates Court on February 3, saw Mrs Frances Menary from Brough Road plead guilty to one charge of keeping controlled waste without there being in place an exemption or licence.

Department of the Environment [DOE] has also reported that she must pay court costs of £34 and an offenders levy of £15.

She was taken to task in the courts in relation to the Waste and Contaminated Land Order, which dictates that a licence must be in place to deposit waste and the terms of this licence adhered to.

According to DOE, officers from Northern Ireland Environment Agency carried out a site inspection at lands on Drumslade Road Coleraine on May 17, 2012.

While there, they were said to have found controlled waste in the form of concrete, brick, soil, clay, electrical cable, plastic, treated wood and textiles at the site.