Boss admits illegal waste burn charge

Caught on camera
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A WIGAN company boss is awaiting Crown Court sentence for illegally dumping and burning waste.

Nigel Isherwood, of Isherwood Skip and Container Hire, Cemetery Road, Ince, has already stood before Wigan magistrates accused of the offences on council-owned land at the rear of the site.

The court heard that Wigan Council’s Environmental Crime Team reacted to a number of complaints from members of the public in 2008, who reported large fires and large quantities of waste being deposited at the site.

A subsequent investigation by the council and the Environment Agency revealed that the boundary of Isherhwood’s premises had been moved onto the council-owned land without the authority’s permission.

While Isherwood had permission to store waste on his premises, the land in question fell outside the permitted area.

The council and agency inspected the site and also found evidence of rubbish being burnt illegally. Both Isherwood and the company itself have been prosecuted.

When facing the Wigan bench, Isherwood admitted burning the rubbish and was found guilty of burning the waste.

He was acquitted of another charge relating to asbestos waste found at the site.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Coun David Molyneux, praised the actions of local residents in raising the alarm about the offence.

He said: “By working with local people the council and the Environment Agency has managed to investigate this illegal blight on our environment and take action.

“It serves as proof that when people see something that is wrong and decide to do something about they get results.”

Isherwood will now face sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court at a date yet to be fixed.