Prosecutions over Bradford Tyre Fire
Equalityre and Director to Face Prosecution
The company responsible for the tyres that were set on for at Spring Mill Street, Bradford in November 2020 are to face the court later this year.
The Environment Agency is prosecuting Equalityre and its director Stuart Bedford over its Spring Mill Street operation.
The blaze involved hundreds of thousands of tyres burning for days and at its height up to 100 firefighters were at the scene.
The firm and Bedford, of Fairfax Avenue, Harrogate, are both charged with failing to comply with a notice dating back to the month before the fire broke out by failing to remove controlled waste from the former go-karting track site.
The case went before Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court before Christmas 2021 and not guilty pleas were entered at that time.
A trial date was set for September 1.
In addition, Equalityre, which is headquartered at Magna Business Park in Rotherham, and its director Stuart Bedford, face similar charges in relation to another of the firm's sites at Wright Business Park in Doncaster.
They are accused of failing to comply with a notice from December 2020 by failing to remove controlled waste from the site.
Not guilty pleas were entered at the hearing at Doncaster Justice Centre North and the case was adjourned to tie in the with trial in Bradford in September.
Following the Spring Mill Street fire, the Environment Agency has conducted a review of high-risk waste sites across the county to ensure operators are compliant with their environmental obligations and to guard against the possibility of a fire breaking out. Despite this review, another tyre fire broke out in Knottingley, Bradford.