CROYDON BUSINESSES FINED THOUSANDS OVER ‘NO WASTE TRANSFER NOTICES’ /
MILESTONE FOR CROYDON WORKS AS 100TH PERSON IS SUPPORTED INTO EMPLOYMENT / UNDER-AGE KNIFE-SALE RESULTS IN £2,000-PLUS PENALTY FOR STORE
Owners of two businesses in Croydon borough have been hit with four-figure fines for failing to produce proof of valid waste transfer notes for commercial waste from premises.
One business and its director were ordered to pay equal parts of fines and costs totalling £3952 for failure to produce proof of valid waste transfer notes for commercial waste from premises.
Another business was ordered to pay £1040 in fines and costs for failure to produce proof of vaild waste transfer notes for commercial waste from premises.
A Croydon council spokeswoman told News From Crystal Palace: “All businesses need to have a valid waste contract covering all waste generated by their business, and all businesses have a duty of care under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990 to secure their waste and to prevent it from escaping.
“This ensures they are disposing of their waste responsibly – or that the person they have employed to dispose of it, is doing so responsibly.
“An alternative to having a waste contract would be to have a Waste Carriers Licence (issued by the Environment Agency) to carry your own commercial waste and to take the waste to a commercial waste site, where you would obtain a waste transfer note.
“All commercial waste transfer notes obtained must be kept for inspection for up to two years.
“Most shops opt for having a commercial waste contract and bins on site, rather than collecting their own waste and taking it to a site themselves.
“As part of our Don’t Mess With Croydon campaign we do a lot of work educating businesses around these requirements, with regular duty of care visits to ensure they understand their responsibilities around waste.
“Where necessary we enforce this via littering fines, fly-tipping fines, serving formal section 34 EPA 1990 notices and occasionally prosecution – all of which are under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.”
MILESTONE FOR CROYDON WORKS AS 100TH PERSON IS SUPPORTED INTO EMPLOYMENT
A jobs brokerage service set up to get prospective employees into work has successfully secured employment for over 100 people.
Croydon Works launched last July to ensure Croydon residents benefit from the employment opportunities created through the borough’s regeneration, particularly those with barriers to employment.
The free-to-use professional recruitment service is designed to provide Croydon employers with job-ready local, qualified employees, and residents with the support and training they need to find sustainable, quality jobs locally.
Delivered by Croydon council in partnership with Croydon College, Job Centre Plus and voluntary sector organisations, the service provides a wide range of pathways into employment including sector specific training, apprenticeships and traineeships, work experience placements, career and CV advice.
Those registered with the service receive employability support and access to vacancies across a vast number of organisations in Croydon and surrounding areas.
Aaron Abbott was the 100th person to secure full time work through Croydon Works. The 22-year-old, who had been unemployed for one month now works as a Labourer for construction company Mulalley.
He said: “I relished the prospect of working locally for Mulalley, particularly as I am working on the old Ashburton Library refurbishment project which I used to visit when I was younger.
“I found the process of obtaining employment very enjoyable and everyone was helpful. “I am enjoying settling into my position and the tasks I am given each day.”
Bruce Benson, operations director at Mulalley, said: “We use Croydon Works to help us recruit local people due to their excellent links to the local community and their proactive approach. “Aaron is a welcome addition to our workforce in Croydon and has quickly become a valued member of the team.”
As well as Aaron, Croydon Works has helped prospective employees secure roles at Boxpark Croydon and local cleaning and building services Chequers contract services, while others have completed training in food hygiene and working in hospitality.
Cllr Mark Watson, Croydon’s cabinet member for economy and jobs, said: “Croydon Works is doing a fantastic job and to have helped over 100 local people who were unemployed into the work and into training is a real achievement.
“Being in work or on a training course boosts confidence and skills, which can often be lost through unemployment. “Croydon Works is helping local people into local jobs, which is great news for Croydon’s economy.”
UNDER-AGE KNIFE-SALE RESULTS IN £2,000-PLUS PENALTY FOR STORE
A trader who told Croydon magistrates that, after owning the business for more than year, she didn’t know what stock was in her shop, faces fines and costs of more than £2,000 after admitting selling knives to under-age customers.
The woman, owner of a Thornton Heath shop, pleaded guilty on the company’s behalf.
The court heard that the shop was visited on 22 October, as part of a council trading standards test-purchasing operation, and two under-age teenagers selected a four-piece craft knife set for which they paid £2.99 without being challenged by the cashier.
A short time later the cashier and another member of staff were cautioned but it became clear that the cashier was having difficulty comprehending the concept of the offence.
Under interview in November, the owner said she knew little of the cashier’s background; he was working a short trial period to assess his capabilities, and had received only brief verbal instruction on the sale of age-restricted goods.
She conceded that within the shop there was no structured training programme, no system concerning the sale of age-restricted items and no warning signs on display.
The court was also told that invitations to attend free Do You Pass? training – run by Croydon’s trading standards team on the sale of age-restricted goods – had been accepted by neither the owner or her staff.
The owner told the court that the knife set was in stock when the shop had been purchased in September 2015, and that she had not been aware that it was being stocked. She had also not appreciated that the set was a restricted item as its intended use was for arts and crafts.
Cllr Hamida Ali, Croydon’s cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, said: “This, worryingly, is another instance of a business failing to accept the offer of a training course that’s free of charge and which is designed to prevent exactly the sort of situation in which the owner subsequently found herself.
“Traders have a legal obligation to be aware of the laws surrounding the sale of age-restricted goods; it’s for their own good and for the good of the communities they serve.”
The company was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a contribution toward prosecution costs of £1,129.50 as well as a victim surcharge of £100. The owner offered to pay £50 immediately, and then £100 per month thereafter, but was told to make monthly payments of £250.
Traders keen to take part in forthcoming Do You Pass? training sessions can get further information at www.tradingstandards.uk/events/doyouPASS.cfm
Sessions run for approximately 2 hours 45 minutes, and include a 30-minute multiple-choice exam. These courses are offered free of charge and are available only to small or medium-sized Croydon-based businesses.
Unique to Croydon, the sessions will also feature a short presentation from Public Health Croydon entitled Protecting children and young people – everyone’s business. (Sources: Croydon council press releases)