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Trio deny being responsible for Fforestfach tyre blaze

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

By Ruth Mosalski

Fforestfach tyre fire

Fforestfach tyre fire

THREE people have appeared in court and denied being responsible for a tyre fire in June, 2011.

Dorothy Thomas, 59, her husband Peter Thomas, 66, and Scott Phillips, 44, who are all directors of Globally Greener Solutions Limited, all appeared at Swansea Crown Court.

They are all charged after a fire which broke out at Fforestfach Industrial Estate on June 16, 2011.

All three pleaded not guilty to a charge of knowing or causing controlled waste, namely mixed waste and plastic, to be deposited at Unit 4, Queensway, Fforestfach between March 28, 2008 and November 28, 2008.

They also denied knowing or causing controlled waste, namely mixed tyre waste, to be deposited at unit 5, Queensway, Fforestfach.

All three denied keeping controlled waste, including plastic, in a manner likely to cause pollution between March, 2008, and June, 2011 and an identical charge relating to unit 4 at the industrial estate.

They also denied keeping controlled waste, namely mixed tyre waste, at unit 5 between the same dates.

The trio all denied operating a regulated facility without an environmental permit between April, 2008, and April, 2010, at both units 4 and 5 and a similar charge relating to dates between April 2010 and June 2011.

The Environment Agency was left with a £200,000 bill for waste removal and another bill of £1.6 million jointly footed by the agency and Swansea Council after the blaze, which took three weeks to extinguish.

Prosecution barrister Nicolas Jones said the trial was estimated to last for three weeks but an extra week was granted when Ian Wright, appearing for Dorothy Thomas, said a medical report had been received showing she might not be able to complete full days of the trial because of a medical condition. Phillips, of Main Road, Bryncoch, and the Thomases, of Heol Cadifor, Penlan, were given unconditional bail.

A trial was set to take place at Swansea Crown Court on June 17.

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