Businessman fined over waste records
The owner of a mobile food business who failed to show Slough Borough Council his waste disposal records has been fined.
Khalid Nawaz, of Triple S Cuisine in Bath Road, Slough, failed to respond to a notice issued in September 2012 asking him to explain how his trade waste was disposed of, something every business has a legal duty to keep a record of for two years.
The council repeatedly offered the 57-year-old an interview or the chance to make a written statement, but he refused to engage with officers and so the council decided to prosecute him.
On Wednesday he pleaded guilty at Slough Magistrates court and was fined £600 and ordered to pay £368 in costs.
During the court hearing it was revealed that Nawaz was fined £300 by Bracknell magistrates for the same offence in 2011.
Environmental health officer Richard Garnett, said: “All the mobile food businesses who trade along Bath Road were asked to explain how their waste is disposed of and Mr Nawaz was the only one who didn’t enter into meaningful dialogue with us.
“We work very closely with local businesses and provide them with advice and guidance. However, we expect them to understand their legal duties and engage with us, and we will take action against those that don’t. I am pleased the courts recognised this particular matter could have been resolved without their intervention had Mr Nawaz fulfilled his responsibilities.”