Gainsborough skip hire boss fined over waste pile

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Lincolnshire County Council has taken action against the owner of the former Thompson Skip Hire business for breaches of planning rules.

During an investigation of a site on Summergangs Lane, Gainsbrough, last year, it was discovered that Kevin Thompson was piling waste up to a height of six metres—twice the permitted maximum.

Thompson, of Scotter Road, Scunthorpe, failed to respond to a warning notice with the necessary information, and as a result was prosecuted and convicted in his absence at Lincoln Magistrates Court.

Councillor Colin Davie said: “We want to make it clear that when rules are broken without a reasonable excuse, we will take action. I hope this makes anyone who’s tempted to try their luck think twice.”

Thompson was fined £770, plus a victim surcharge of £77, and ordered to pay costs of £550.