Newtownards man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

Date published: 17 June 2022

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty today at Newtownards Magistrates' Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards.

DARD court report

Mr Gill pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On 25 June 2018, PSNI officers went to Mr Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.  Discussion with NIEA officers confirmed the site was not authorised for the storage of such material.  At a follow-up visit on 2 July 2018, NIEA officers issued Mr Gill with a notice to remove the waste to an authorised site.  However, on 8 July 2018, PSNI officers observed Mr Gill transporting and depositing the waste to a site adjacent to the Circular Road sub-station, where a bonfire had been built.

Notes to editors: 

1. Mr Gill pleaded guilty to the following two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy:
Article 4(1)(a), relating to the keep of waste on site without a licence
Article 4(1)(b) relating to the unauthorised keeping of controlled waste on site

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