Paul Renteurs represents the owner of waste transfer operation in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency
Paul Renteurs represented Mr Jack Selby – the owner of a waste transfer site on the Darent Industrial Estate in Kent – at a sentencing hearing at Woolwich Crown Court. The prosecution related to the operation of a waste transfer site for almost a year between 2021 and 2022, culminating in a substantial fire in January 2022. Located at an industrial estate adjacent to the point where the river Darent joins the river Thames, a catchment engineer of the Environment Agency reported that piles of waste on the site also posed a risk to the structural integrity of flood defences protecting the industrial estate. Mr Selby pleaded guilty at the first appearance at Bromley Magistrates’ Court to one charge under the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2016. In light of his guilty plea, a further charge was withdrawn by the Environment Agency. Having heard the Crown’s opening and Paul’s plea in mitigation on Mr Selby’s behalf, HHJ Whitehouse KC suspended a sentence of 8 months’ imprisonment for 18 months, attached a condition of completing 60 hours of unpaid work, and required him to pay a victim surcharge of £156.