10 September 1999
Dorset farmer fined for pollution

By FWi staff

A DORSET farmer has been ordered to pay a total of £2,255 in fines and costs for polluting a local stream with slurry.

Robert Keith Bugler of Pitfolds Farm, Shipton Gorge, Bridport was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £255 costs yesterday by magistrates at Bridport.

The case was brought by the Environment Agency after a member of the public rang the agencys pollution hotline in April.

An environment protection officer responded and went to Church Farm where a stream of liquid slurry was cascading out of the farm waste storage tank.

It was running down a path, through a hedge onto a public footpath and then disappearing through some holes in the ground into a culvert below.

The level of slurry in the four-metre high tin tank was so high that there was a deep crust of dried waste visible well above the top of the unit.

On seeing the problem, farmer Mr Bugler started work to reduce the level of slurry in the tin tank but the stream was affected for approximately one kilometre.

Checks lower down the valley at Spring Farm Nurseries also found dark olive coloured liquid in a culvert just before it entered the Bothenhampton Stream.