Glasgow haulage man fined for illegal soil disposals

Illegally depositing soil on a site in the middle of Glasgow's Commonwealth games regeneration area has resulted in a representative of two haulage companies paying £11,000 in compensation, plus a fine.

Daniel Martin was fined £540 at Glasgow Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to knowingly causing the deposit of controlled waste on the site of a former power station at Dalmarnock Road, Glasgow, without the authority of a waste management licence.

He also paid £11,000 in compensation to the owners of the land. The matter was investigated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and a report was sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

A complaint was received by SEPA in March 2009 regarding the disposal of waste soil at the site. Officers investigated and established that Trench-link Civil Engineering and Cumbria Property Developments, trading as GB Aggregates, had been hired to remove soil from a construction project and dispose of it appropriately.

Instead of taking it to a site in Kilsyth, where an exemption to store soil was in place, the waste was taken to the site in Dalmarnock Road which had no licence or exemption.

SEPA investigating officer, Fraser Allan, said: “This site is in a busy urban area, which is being developed for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“The uncontrolled deposit of waste could lead to dust problems, odour issues, health and safety problems, as well as being an eyesore with the potential for an increase in fly-tipping.”

Maxine Perella

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