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Aberdeenshire farmer fined for waste on land

AN ABERDEENSHIRE farmer has been fined £11,250 for allowing controlled waste to be deposited on his land and failing to remove it.

Brian Watson, 47, received the fine at Aberdeen Sheriff court today (February 11) after previously pleading guilty to contraventions of parts of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on October 8, 2012. The offences occurred between February and November 2011 at Coneyhatch Farm, north of Stonehaven.

Watson trades as E Watson and Son and is in the business of groundwork, plant hire, haulage, skip hire, site clearances and tipper hire. He allowed several thousand tonnes of waste to be deposited at Coneyhatch Farm which included plastics, metal, wood, paint tins, tyres, electrical equipment, demolition waste, general waste and green waste.

In September 2011, after months of attempting to assist Watson, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency required him to clear the waste up. Instead of complying, Watson allowed more waste to be deposited at the site.

Craig Harris, procurator fiscal, wildlife and environment said: "Brian Watson repeatedly failed to adhere to the requests of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency to meet the legal standards required of him. He allowed thousands of tonnes of waste to be dumped at his site.

"Today Mr Watson has been brought to justice for his complete disregard of his duty towards the environment."

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