Manchester – An owner of a launderette has been ordered to pay £640 for operating his business without a waste contract.
Paul Dawson, 50, owner of Wish Washy launderette on Moston Lane, Harpurhey, was fined £200 with costs of £420 and a £20 victim of crime surcharge.
Between June and November 2014, as part of an ongoing enforcement operation, a team of Manchester City Council officers visited businesses on and around Moston lane, accompanied by officers from Greater Manchester Police and the immigration service
The team were visiting businesses in the area as part of Operation Biscay, in which the City Council and other organisations have worked together to check that businesses are complying with food hygiene and licensing laws, as well as ensuring they had proper waste disposal contracts in place.
There was no one at Wishy Washy during these visits so a letter was sent to the business advising that an inspection was to take place and requested someone from the shop to attend. Dawson emailed the council to cancel the appointment but did not reply to the council’s offer of alternate dates for their visit. He was given several further opportunities to meet to discuss this matter but failed to engage with the city council.
In February 2015, a Notice was served on him, which required him to put adequate waste arrangements in place.
Dawson emailed the city council to confirm he was aware of the notice but did not reply to their further offer to attend a site meeting to discuss the matter.
In April 2015 – during a routine visit to Moston Lane – a council officer spoke with Dawson, at the shop, who confirmed that he had failed to put waste arrangements in place. Dawson claimed that he did not generate any waste, other than recyclable materials but was advised by the council officer that the business must have its own duty of care arrangements for any waste generated by the shop. At this time, the officer also noticed that there was a litter bin in the shop filled with general litter and rubbish.
Dawson was then given the opportunity to attend an interview under caution to explain why he had failed to put suitable waste arrangements but did not reply.
At a hearing on 7 October 2015 the case was proven in Dawson’s absence.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s Executive member for Neighbourhoods said: “We have been listening to local residents and know they have concerns about some of the businesses in the Moston Lane area. This prosecution will reassure them that we are taking action where necessary. It should also serve as a reminder to businesses that it is their legal duty to ensure they have appropriate waste disposal arrangements in place.
“We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that businesses in the area play by the rules making it a safer and more positive community.”