Hanson Concrete fined £110,000 over dust pollution

Aaron Morby 10 months ago
Share

Hanson Concrete has been fined £110,600 for environmental offences at its Acton ready mixed concrete works in West London.

hanson-acton
Acton plant was reopened in 2011 after £1.3m investment to meet major project demand

The firm pleaded guilty to five offences between May 2014 and April 2015 after breaching its environmental permit relating to dust emission, spillages and storage of waste.

The company also breached an enforcement notice in April 2015 that required it to clean lorry wheels.

Hanson Concrete has operated from Horn Lane for 50 years, but in 2010 demolished its old site that included a wheel washing facility for lorries.

In 2011 the supplier gained permission to re-open but with strict controls to cut pollution and limit the impact on Acton residents.

Ealing council officers visited the site in 2013 after they measured increases in particulate air pollution nearby and residents started to complain.

On several occasions they found that Hanson Concrete was breaking the conditions of its environmental permit. Hanson’s continued failure to comply with council demands for them to operate legally and responsibly led to the prosecution.

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of the council, said: “Hanson Concrete pleaded guilty to these charges, but if they had taken appropriate measures in the first instance they would have avoided this action and improved air quality for local people sooner.”

Hanson has now made a number of changes to better manage the site, including new wheel washing equipment and an additional pollution monitor.

Hanson spokesman David Weeks said: “This was an unfortunate incident from which lessons have been learned. We submitted an early guilty plea and the judge gave us credit for our full cooperation during the investigation and for the significant and ongoing remedial work we have carried out at the site.

“She also agreed that although there was a risk of harm to local air quality, there was no actual harm caused.”

Latest news

22 Bishopsgate lowered over crane clash fear with planes

Four floors trimmed from City of London tower over airspace safety during construction
5 hours ago

Crossrail sparks return to work as New Year strike ballot looms

Protest by electricians ends as bonus ballot planned in January
5 hours ago

Wigan council hunts for schools builders

Council rebids £50m schools framework
4 hours ago

Payment reporting to start in April after one year delay

Large firms will need to report twice a year on average payment performance
3 hours ago

Wolseley sees UK revenue fall as job cuts consultation continues

Latest quarter sees group turnover and profits power ahead
4 hours ago

Construction worker hit in face with crowbar

Court hears how laying concrete floor slabs went horribly wrong on hotel job
4 hours ago

Leeds plans three new stations and airport rail link

New airport parkway station in £270million transport proposals for Leeds
4 hours ago

London Mayor plans more Cycle Superhighways

Sadiq Khan promises to minimise congestion problems during construction
1 day ago

ISG pulls out of £41m York Stadium scheme

Contractor withdraws as main construction partner on football stadium scheme
1 day ago

Government hails record £500bn infrastructure pipeline

Infrastructure spending to hit record levels over next five years - details
1 day ago

£1bn YORcivil 2 framework out for renewal

Over 30 firms face fight for places on Yorkshire and Humberside framework
1 day ago

Wates wins £27m RAF Marham F-35 squadron HQ

Wates bags first job under the new DIO contractors' framework
1 day ago

Dawnus bags £13m Wokingham town centre job

Work to start on Peach Place phase one in January
1 day ago

London Underground fined £500,000 for lift shaft fall

Injured worker spent 10 days in hospital after 9.5m fall from scaffolding
1 day ago

Ringway faces fight for £210m Shropshire highways deal

County council decides to go back to market for next seven-year maintenance term
1 day ago

Contractor to be replaced at £200m Liverpool Chinatown site

Bilt Group being removed from developer North Point Global's sites
4 days ago

Construction buyers report surge in workloads

But material price rises hit five-year high
4 days ago

Sparks set to blockade Crossrail site

Industrial relations row with Crown House escalates
4 days ago

Dandara wins funding for three major PRS schemes

High rise projects in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham to provide 2,000 rented homes
5 days ago

Lidl unveils £70m Doncaster warehouse plan

Construction to start next year at the iPort site in Rossington.
4 days ago

Berkeley profits soar despite 20% drop in buyers

Stamp duty hike hitting reservations but house builder sets new £3bn profit target
4 days ago

Bidding to start for £30m Lancaster Uni upgrade

Management School will be redeveloped next year
4 days ago

Graham wins £134m Aberdeen hospital project

Work will start on two healthcare facilities in 2018 at the Foresterhill Health Campus
4 days ago

Betting Spy: Chelsea look a big price to beat Man City

Blues worth backing at 5/2 while West Ham are well and truly in a relegation dogfight
5 days ago

Laing O’Rourke jv wins £350m Metrolink Trafford extension

Work to start in late January on 5.5km Metrolink Trafford Park line
5 days ago

Heathrow names seven firms for airport design

Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Atkins, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and Quod form expansion team
5 days ago

Electricians down tools on Crossrail site

60 Crown House sparks "cabin-up" as latest row erupts on job
6 days ago

Watkin Jones to start 24-floor Cardiff student tower

City centre Bridge Street scheme forward sold allowing building start
5 days ago

Plans in for £150m Assembly Bristol scheme

Property investor AXA plans to start work next year on Temple Quay scheme
5 days ago

Scientists plan “living lab” office to monitor worker health

BRE to refurb office block to run real life tests on impact of building products
5 days ago

Contractor services

Most read