Environmental Damage in East Devon – Landowners to pay

From an environmentalist:

The Environment Agency require two East Devon Landowners to pay substantial fees for environmental damage and two environmental charities benefit £106,000.

The Environment Agency rather than taking offending companies and individuals to court for environmental infringements often apply for civil sanctions known as “Enforcement Undertakings”

When the EA decide to impose a sanction, they apply the same safeguards as when they decide to prosecute. They will make sure that the recipient of a notice understands the case against them by setting out the alleged offence and the reasons for the proposed sanctions.

They also consider the victims and third parties (where they are known to them) whose interests have been adversely impacted by the alleged environmental incident. 

The Environment Agency will 

  • ensure that affected third parties are appropriately compensated. 
  • encourage offenders to engage with the local community, assess and fully remediate the impacts of the environmental incident. 

Both infringements in East Devon that the Environment Agency has reported are for sanctions concluded in the last 6 months (Between April and Sept) are in the parish of Woodbury. 

Mr Richard H Parr of Higher Bagmores Farm in Woodbury has agreed to a sum of £82,000. 

The offence was for operating without an “Environmental Permit” for a waste operation – Regulation 38(1) to the disposal of waste at Higher Bagmores Farm, Woodbury between June 2016, and March 2018. Mr Parr has also agreed to carry out restoration work, to obtain advice from an external consultants, to cease all waste movements into the site, complete construction of silage clamps on his site and to cover the Environment Agency’s costs.

Mr Parr has agreed that his contribution of £82,000 to go to North Devon Biosphere Foundation which is the Management Strategy which coordinates the delivery of the Action Plan for North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  Their stated aims are to provide biodiversity and visitor added value function on the Tarka Trail between Braunton and Meeth and on Cycle Way 27 between Willingcott and Ilfracombe and to add further value for the North Devon and Torridge sections of the South West Coast Path

F W S Carter & Sons Limited of Greendale Business Park and owners of Hogsbrook Farm in Woodbury Salterton has agreed to a sum of £24000.

The offence was for operating without an “Environmental Permit” for a water discharge activity and waste operation – Regulation 38(1). It relates to sewage pollution on Grindle Brook and burning of waste at Hogsbrook Farm, Woodbury Salterton, Devon in May 2019.

The owners of Hogsbrook farm have also agreed to the diversion of roof water, the carrying out daily the monitoring and emptying of storage tanks, to implement a new farm waste management strategy, with an assigned responsible person, to construct a new covered area, and to cover the Environment Agency’s costs.

The Owners have also agreed to contribute £24,000 to Westcountry Rivers Trust. 

The West Country Rivers Trust is a charity set up in 1984 whose aim is to restore and protect the rivers, lakes, and estuaries of the Westcountry for the benefit of nature, people, and local economies and helping our Westcountry rivers flow freely and teem with life, while valuing our most precious of resources, water.