Store boss rapped over waste gaffe

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A Lytham menswear shop has been ordered to pay over £1,000 in fines and costs after the owner failed to supply information about how he got rid of commercial waste.

The firm-Joytrix Ltd, which trades as Charles Stuart on Market Square, were issued with a £300 fixed penalty ticket when owner Stuart Hurst failed to respond to council requests for information.

Fylde Council then decided to prosecute the firm and District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court fined Joytrix £750 and imposed a £75 victims surcharge and £180 court costs.

Claire Holmes, prosecuting for the council, asked for the case to be heard in the absence of Hurst turning up at court.

She said that checks were done on businesses in Lytham who do not have a contract with Fylde Council for commercial waste disposal.

They were asked to produce documentation of the removal of waste such as cardboard and plastic as required under the Environmental Protection laws.

“Letters were sent to the firm and officers twice called at the premises but there was no reaction.

“There was no reaction to the £300 fixed penalty ticket.” said the prosecutor.