Illegal Ambergate skip firm 'deceived' clients

An illegal skip firm has been fined £40,000 for storing waste without a licence.

Skip Jackson, formerly known as Cheap Skips, trading at Ambergate Sawmill, Ripley Road, Ambergate was handed the fine at Derby Magistrates' Court on June 12 for four charges of keeping waste illegally.

The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Protection Act.

Skip Jackson was fined 40,000 and ordered to pay costs of 4,308.

Speaking after the case, Peter Rutherford from the Environment Agency said: "Skip Jackson Ltd has been operating illegally, deceiving customers and undercutting legitimate businesses.

"Businesses must operate within the law in order to protect the local environment.

"The Environment Agency will not hesitate to pursue a prosecution against companies who change their trading name during the course of an investigation."

Nobody from Skip Jackson attended court and the company was found guilty in its absence.

Jill Robson, for the Environment Agency, told the court that any waste activity at the site on Ripley Road required a waste management licence and the company had taken no preventative measures to reduce pollution while the waste was stored on the site, causing an environmental risk.

On January 31 2006 Environment Agency officers visited the site and saw skips full of waste, including old doors, wood, plastic and concrete. Further inspections showed more skips on site containing waste and piles of demolition waste.

On December 4 2006, Environment Agency officers went to the Ambergate site with police officers to seize the company's paperwork.