A LARGE Chichester-based skip hire firm has been fined £15,000 for illegal trading.
The Environment Agency prosecuted Maxi Skips Limited for trading for more than eight years without any planning permission or environmental permits in place.
Maxi Skips Limited, based at Polthooks Farm, Clay Lane, Fishbourne, appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court.
The company pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: ‘The court heard that in September 2012, Environment Agency officers visited the Maxi Skips site with planning officers from West Sussex County Council.
‘They witnessed staff at the site sorting waste from the skips that had been brought in. The director of the business was told that they had to stop the operations at the site with immediate effect and this was complied with.’
Simon Moore, of the Environment Agency, said: ‘It is very disappointing that Maxi Skips Ltd chose to operate a waste transfer station without any planning permission or permits and felt that profit was more important than operating legally.’
Maxi Skips declined to comment.