Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Asbestos dumping dad and son fined

THIS is the shamed father and son convicted over their roles in the illegal dumping of asbestos in a leafy Ulster village.

THIS is the shamed father and son convicted over their roles in the illegal dumping of asbestos in a leafy Ulster village.

Sydney and David Glenn attempted to hide their faces from a Sunday Life photographer as they left Lisburn Magistrates Court last week, after being slapped with fines totalling £4,500.

The pair had pleaded guilty to charges relating to the illegal dumping of contaminated waste, at a new housing development in Drumbo.

David Glenn, of Albion Court in Comber, was fined £1,500 on each of two counts of illegal dumping, plus costs of £106.

His father, Sydney Glenn, of Mealough Road in Carryduff, was fined £750 each on the same charges, and was also ordered to pay costs of £106.

Resident Magistrate George Conner described David Glenn as the "principal offender" in the case, relating to the illegal dumping of contaminated waste at Dow's Road, Drumbo between November 27, 2003 and November 18, 2004.

A solicitor for the pair claimed an environmental report proved the contaminated infill at the site was "not of significant risk", and that they had also been victims of 'fly-by-night' dumpers.

He added that the Glenns had employed environmental specialists to remove the alleged asbestos chippings from the site.

The court heard that the asbestos chippings, found in Dow's Road, originally came from demolished buildings at the Royal Victoria Hospital site.

Earlier this month, Sunday Life revealed the shocking scenes which confronted Drumbo residents for two days.

People living in the quiet country area came across men wearing white boiler suits and breathing masks, painstakingly removing suspect stone chippings - feared to be comprised of the mineral, which can cause cancer and lung diseases.

The court also heard that there is an ongoing planning permission row surrounding the large two-storey housing development at the centre of the asbestos scare.

Meanwhile, a Ballynahinch plant hire contractor, Mark Samuel, is also due to appear at Lisburn Magistrates Court on October 27 in connection with the same incidents.

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