Fined for waste firm role as another fails to appear

Environment Agency officers at Springwood's Cornholme premises during the investigation
Environment Agency officers at Springwood's Cornholme premises during the investigation
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A Calderdale woman has been ordered to pay £1,515 for her involvement in an illegal waste operation in Todmorden.

Jayne Alyson Hoyland, 47, of Gladstone Buildings, Mytholmroyd, was sentenced by Judge Roger Thomas QC, the Recorder of Bradford, for her involvement in Springwood Trading Ltd, based at Springwood Mill, Pudsey Road, Cornholme.

At Bradford Crown Court, she was fined £500, and ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. If Hoyland defaults on the payments, she faces 14 days imprisonment.

But two brothers involved in the case, Jason Lee Butterworth, 46, of Industrial Street, Todmorden, and Mark Eric Butterworth, 51, of no fixed address, were not sentenced for their part in the waste operation after the latter failed to appear. Judge Thomas issued a warrant for Mark Butterworth’s arrest and has adjourned sentencing of the men until Friday, May 17.

Judge Thomas told Jason Butterworth: “Your brother is not here and I don’t want to sentence you without him being in the same dock as you. There are considerations that cross over in both your cases and it would be unfair for me to sentence you without him.”

An investigation carried out by the Environment Agency revealed that Springwood Trading was operating a waste transfer station at its Pudsey Road site without an environmental permit or planning permission.

Central to the company’s operations were Mark and Jason Butterworth, and Hoyland was found to have been involved for a limited time, in February 2011, as the company secretary. She was found guilty at the court of operating a regulated facility without a permit.

Judge Thomas said: “You had a purposeful part in what was going on here. You were very well involved with the Butterworths – Mark in particular.”

The wider investigations into the site revealed that domestic and industrial waste was being sorted and deposited there. Environment Agency officers also found waste being illegally stored at another site, at Eldon Street, Todmorden, in October 2010. And during later investigations, skips of waste were stored on public streets so they wouldn’t be seen being taken in and out of Springwood Mill.

The firm, a registered waste carrier, is permitted to collect skips of waste for delivery to properly regulated waste sites, but covert surveillance revealed waste being taken to and handled at Springwood Mill, where there is no permit in place for waste management.

During a trial which ended in March, the court heard that the company had saved around £55,000 by avoiding permit application fees, subsistence fees, and installation of protective infrastructure.

Mark Butterworth, who owns the Springwood Mill land and had been running the firm as a director, admitted two counts of knowingly permitting the operation of a waste facility without an appropriate environmental permit. He was also found guilty of four counts of operating a regulated facility without a permit, three counts of depositing controlled waste, and one count of failing to provide waste transfer notes after being served notice to do so.

Jason Butterworth admitted five counts of operating a waste facility without a permit, and three counts of depositing controlled waste illegally.

The company itself, Springwood Trading Ltd, was found guilty of two counts of operating a regulated facility without a permit, and one count of failing to provide waste transfer notes after being served notice to do so.