Firm pays £150k to charity after spill


Stoke-on-Trent company, Fuerst Day Lawson Ltd, has donated £150,000 to The Trent Rivers Trust, following a pollution incident in the summer of 2015.

Between July and September 2015, a polluting matter entered the balancing pools on Stanley Matthews Way and then entered the Newstead Brook. Discharge from Fuerst Day Lawson’s site on the Newstead Industrial Estate in Trentham, contributed to the impact on the watercourse.

Food ingredients manufacturing company, Fuerst Day Lawson, offered an Enforcement Undertaking to the Environment Agency, which was accepted in September 2018. The donation to the Trust will be used to fund environmentally beneficial projects being carried out in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Additionally, the company has carried out extensive improvements to the site and paid a significant proportion of the Environment Agency’s cost associated with the incident in the amount of £119,143.39.

The EA’s Emma Swindail said enforcement Undertakings are an effective enforcement tool enabling companies to address non-compliance with environmental regulations which provides support for suitable environmental projects.

Ruth Needham, Senior Catchment Manager at the Trent Rivers Trust said works are focussing on restoring the river at several sites to recreate a range of natural features within the channel and on the banks.