£90 fine for Langley waste firm found responsible for rubbish dumped in Colnbrook field

A Langley firm has been fined just £90 after being found responsible for the dumping of rubbish in a Colnbrook field.


Josh Oakes Services Limited based on Upton Court Road, pleaded guilty to a duty of care offence before Reading Magistrates and fined after rubbish from an office renovation in Twickenham was found burnt and dumped in a Colnbrook field.

But the company escaped a maximum £5,000 fine, instead being made to pay just £90.

The company hired two men to take the rubbish from the skip into an open tipper for £100.  Director Josh Oakes, the director of the company, failed to check whether the two men had a waste carrier’s licence or how they were going to get rid of the waste.  The two men dumped the rubbish in a Colnbrook field and set fire to it.

The burning rubbish was found in April last year next to a bridleway and included office furniture, carpet tiles, cardboard and general waste.  An investigation by Slough Borough Council officers traced the rubbish back to the company.

Linda Corcoran, housing and enforcement officer from Slough Borough Council, said that owner, Josh Oakes, should have been fully aware of his responsibilities.  In a news release on its website yesterday the Council was upbeat about the conviction:

“We are very supportive of businesses, but it’s important they understand their responsibilities and follow the law. The lesson here is that if you get someone else to dispose of your rubbish, you must make sure they have a valid waste carrier’s licence, otherwise it could be you who ends up in court.

The company, set up in 2013, was also ordered to pay £300 in court costs.

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