By Denna Bowman
The owner of the fire-hit tyre recycling site in Warsop has appeared in court to face charges of failing to comply with permit conditions.
Up to 400,000 tyres went up in smoke in the devastating inferno which took a week to put out and brought chaos to the town, forcing some homes to be evacuated.
Edward O’Neil appeared before Mansfield Magistrates Court and declared himself to be the managing director of Robin Hood Environmental Ltd.
The 56-year-old businessman from Leicestershire, faced four charges of failing to comply with permit conditions issued by the Environment Agency.
The charges relate to depositing waste without and environmental permit and without a licence on four separate periods between 30th October 2006 and 6th March 2008.
Mr O’Neil, who did not issue a plea and had no legal representation, was given unconditional bail and will next appear at Mansfield Magistrates Court on 29th July.
After the hearing, Mr O’Neil said: “I think it is malicious as there are a lot of disgruntled employers around making all sorts of erroneous threats, so I am not entirely shocked by it.”
The company faced the same charges but these were withdrawn because it went into liquidation in April and is currently in the hands of liquidators Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC).