Quarry operator fined over planning breaches


Quarry operator Welton Aggregates Ltd of South Thoresby, near Alford, has been fined over £2,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 costs after the firm continually allowed lorries to leave its site without cargo covers.

The company operates a quarry and an inert waste recycling facility, and is required to ensure lorries loaded with mineral and recycled materials are covered before travelling on the county’s roads to avoid littering them.

In 2011, the council issued the company with a breach of condition notice as it discovered loaded lorries were leaving the site without any cover. Then in April 2012, the authority received reports from local residents that the lorries were at it again.

Welton Aggregates Ltd was summoned to appear at Skegness Magistrates’ Court on August 28.

The company pleaded guilty to four charges of failing to ensure lorries were appropriately covered.

Lincolnshire County Council brought the prosecution.

Neil McBride, the council’s Development Manager said: “This successful prosecution sends out a clear message to operators that if they breach our planning conditions they will be subject to the full extent of enforcement powers available to the council.”

“We will help these businesses however we can, but they have to understand our conditions are in the best interests of Lincolnshire and its residents.”