Major retailer prosecuted for littering, council confirms

Pret a Manger, West Street, Horsham. Photo by Steve Cobb

Pret a Manger, West Street, Horsham. Photo by Steve Cobb

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Horsham District Council has successfully prosecuted international food retailer Pret a Manger at Brighton Magistrates’ Court for continuing to allow their business waste to litter the environment at their premises in Horsham, a spokesman for Horsham District Council has said.

The spokesman said Pret a Manger, based in West Street, Horsham was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay fees of some £4,850 on February 15 as a result of them failing to adequately contain their trade waste at the rear of their property which backs onto Blackhorse Way in the town centre.

The spokesman added that despite repeated warnings from the council, the organisation failed to take appropriate action to rectify the problems they were causing.

Commenting on the prosecution, cabinet member for waste and recycling councillor Roy Cornell said: “It is not acceptable for companies or individuals to create such a mess that it affects the lives of people living or working around them.

“In this instance the trade waste at the rear of these premises had a particularly negative impact in the Blackhorse Way area.

“This successful prosecution of such a major high street retailer should serve as a warning to other businesses and individuals that there is no excuse for disposing of waste irresponsibly.

“It sends out the positive message that, as a council, we will not accept this level of poor waste management and will take the action necessary to rectify problems which blight our environment and the quality of life of our residents.”

Businesses and householders are encouraged to dispose of their waste responsibly to prevent health and safety issues and encourage community pride in our area.

Businesses or residents can contact our Waste and Recycling team on 01403 733144 or email them at hopoast.depot@horsham.gov.uk to ask for advice or report concerns about waste management.

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