Withington Off Licence owner faces hefty fine for waste offences

The failure of a business owner to obtain and present a waste transfer note to the council has led to a hefty fine.

Haleema Waseem (26), was prosecuted at Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday 14 March under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for failing to present a waste transfer note to the council and for the failure to obtain one. These are documents, supplied to traders by waste carriers to show that the traders’ waste has been transferred to a registered waste carrier- they must be kept for three years.

On the 2 August 2019 Ms Waseem was served a legal notice requesting her to produce waste transfer documents to the City Council for the period 1 January 2019 – 26 July 2019 for her business, Burton Off Licence, 62 Burton Road, Withington, M20 3EB during a proactive visit . Although she did not comply with this request, she responded by telephone to attend an interview about the matter and said that she was no longer in control of the business.  However, a search of the council system showed that she was the lead person liable for business rates for Burton Off Licence. A report was submitted by the Environmental Crimes Team to the legal department for consideration.

Ms Waseem failed to attend the first court hearing on 4 June 2021 and a warrant was issued. She was subsequently arrested on the execution of the warrant and brought before the courts on 14 March 2022.  She pleaded guilty to both offences and was fined £600 for the first offence, (no separate penalty was issued for the second offence), costs of £927 and a victim surcharge of £60.

Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member for Neighbourhoods said:

“The responsibility for having the correct paperwork lies with the business owner, and if that is not in order then they have to face the consequences that we will pursue the matter through the court as this woman has found to her cost. The result of not having the appropriate paperwork may mean that the rubbish might end up blighting our neigbourhoods and we will not stand for that kind of irresponsible behaviour.”

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