Trial date set for Upton waste site

Land Network (Gainsborough) Ltd, Sturgate Airfield G111029-3a
Land Network (Gainsborough) Ltd, Sturgate Airfield G111029-3a

The owners of a compost site in Upton, near Gainsborough, will appear in court in September to face charges of disposing of hazardous waste without a licence.

Last year, the owners appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ court to deny the charges but were told they could face fines of over £105,000 if found guilty.

They appeared at court again this week on Wednesday 25th February for a four day plea and case management hearing.

Land Network Gainsborough Ltd appeared before Lincoln Magistrates Court back on Monday 2nd July 2012 with William Butterworth, 69, from Kingsmoor Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire, and Lincoln Electric Ltd.

Together, they face charges relating to depositing controlled waste without a permit, treating, keeping or disposing of hazardous waste without a licence and operating a waste facility without authorisation at Sturgate Airfield in Upton between 3rd June 2009 and 25th February 2010.

The court has previously heard how the case involves the compost site accused of accepting welding rod waste and drawing soap waste, before diluting it with compost to be spread throughout the land.

All of these actions are an illegal offence without the correct permit.

Until this week, the case was previously adjourned so the prosecution could assess 1,155 pages of experts’ reports.

All parties have entered not guilty pleas to all charges. Now the defendants must appear before Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on 2nd September 2013 to face a full trial.