A HAREFIELD haulage firm has been ordered to pay almost £50,000 after flouting a legal notice ordering it to stop illegally using the site to sort rubbish. 

Ealing magistrates were told this week how J Byne Haulage had continued the noisy crashing and grinding works at the Old Quarry Site in Springwell Lane for 15 months after being told to stop by Hillingdon Council.

The skip hire firm was this week (11) fined £34,000 after admitting one charge of breaching of an enforcement notice and further ordered to pay £15,729 prosecution costs, and a £181 victim surcharge.

Hillingdon received reports in spring 2019 that a lot of work was going on at the site, which had been expanded with trees and banks having been cleared.

Two subsequent site visits from council inspectors led to an enforcement notice being served, ordering the unauthorised change of use to stop immediately.

Inspections in June 2020 and January 2021 revealed the notice had not been observed. In fact, at the latter officers found a larger waste sorting machine had been brought on to the site.

Sentencing, District Judge Ikram said: “This was a deliberate breach. The company had been forewarned [but] they carried on for 15 months and for profit.”

Neighbours reported the crashing and grinding was so loud one could not use her garden.

Perry Scott, Hillingdon Director of Place, said: “Everyone in our borough should be able to live in their homes without having to endure constant disruption and anti-social behaviour.”