Waste case fine imposed - and warrant issued

Environment Agency officers at the Springwood site during the investigation
Environment Agency officers at the Springwood site during the investigation

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man who failed to appear in court for sentencing in a case involving waste offences.

Meanwhile a Calderdale woman has been ordered to pay £1,515 for her involvement in the illegal waste operation in Todmorden.

Jayne Alyson Hoyland, 47, of Gladstone Buildings, Mytholmroyd, was sentenced by His Honour 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 said: “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.