South Stand dumped in a field

South Stand at Blackpool Football Club
South Stand at Blackpool Football Club
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SEASIDERS chairman Karl Oyston illegally dumped waste from the building of Pool’s Jimmy Armfield Stand on Marton farmland.

Hundreds of tonnes of rubble – including concrete, plastic and wood used in the construction of the stand – were found at Whyndyke Farm after environment bosses were tipped off.

Karl Oyston

Karl Oyston

Yesterday, the 45-year-old Pool boss and two of his companies were each fined £12,000 by Blackpool magistrates who also ordered costs of £5,213 – totalling more than £40,000 in all.

Oyston claimed it had been an honest mistake and he believed only soil was being dumped on the land.

That was, he said, something he thought was ok as he had a permit to tip compostable waste on the site.

But when Environment Agency bosses turned up to inspect the farm they found tonnes of commercial rubble gathered into mounds.

The father-of-seven, a director of Promenade Construction Limited and Closelink Limited, appeared at Blackpool Magistrates Court and admitted he consented to the two companies tipping waste on the land one of them owned, off Preston New Road, without a permit.

Oyston, of Claughton Hall, Lancaster, pleaded guilty to two breaches of laws made to protect the environment.