A property facilities management company has been fined £6,000 after dumping rubbish on the old sports centre site in High Wycombe.

It comes after Wycombe District Council forked out £41,000 to remove mountains of rubbish left on the site where the former Wycombe Sports Centre, off Marlow Hill, used to stand, after travellers set up camp there in April this year.

A staggering 210 tonnes of waste had to be removed from the building site.

Now, property facilities management company Property Wise Facilities Management Ltd, of Winsford Industrial Estate, Cheshire, has been slapped with a £6,012 fine after part of the waste was found to have originated from refurbishment work on a children’s nursery in Kilburn, north London, which had been carried out by Property Wise.

A company director admitted that an unknown third-party waste carrier had been used to remove the rubbish from the refurbishment job.

The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £936 compensation and prosecution costs, as well as a victim surcharge of £76.

Buckinghamshire County Council's cabinet member for planning and environment, Bill Chapple, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: “This is a very good example of how naïve people and companies can be when unscrupulous waste carriers offer to remove waste on the cheap.

“These criminal operators created a mountain of waste on public land, leaving the clean-up bill to the council taxpayer.

“If your business fails to check whether a waste carrier is registered, or omits to obtain a valid waste transfer note for the removal – and then your rubbish ends up dumped illegally – you will be held to have failed in your duty of care.

“Be warned – we have a zero tolerance for waste crime in Bucks and a very high prosecution rate – so using an illegal waste carrier could land you in court, with payments far greater than the cost of a genuine waste firm.”