Tim Pole of No5 Barristers’ Chambers has prosecuted a waste management company for breaching the terms of its operations.

Ryan Colson,35, the owner of Colson Transport, based in Old Basford, Nottingham, admitted the company breached working terms at the site between May 11, 2015 and January 1, 2016.

He also admitted carrying out waste operations outside of the permitted area and piling waste too high within the bays.

Mr Pole told District Judge Tim Spruce, sitting at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, the firm has not updated its working plan after taking over the site in 2013, but had begun accepting different types of waste.

He said that as a result the site had been “poorly managed for a significant amount of time”.

Mr Pole added that a working system would monitor and minimise pollution risks and risks to human health but that offensive waste was not being stored in a designated area and a mechanical grabber was operating in a bay that contained mixed waste including offensive materials.

He also highlighted to the court that there were safety issues concerning waste storage.

Dust and mud from the site caused nuisance to neighbours, and on occasions waste was piled 20 metres high, breaching rules that it had to be stored within the height of designated bays. Mr Pole told the court this constituted a fire hazard.

The court also heard that waste had been piled against the wall of a neighbouring printworks, and had caused damage to the structure.

Sentence will be passed next month.

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Tim Pole is Joint Head of the Regulatory Group at No5 Barristers’ Chambers. To view his profile please visit: www.no5.com/barristers/barrister-details/303-tim-pole/