THE LEADER of a Hampshire council is due in court today accused of disregarding environmental regulations.

Barry Rickman is due to appear at Southampton Magistrates' Court on Friday.

The 63-year-old leader of the New Forest District Council (NFDC) is accused of knowingly causing/permitting a person to operate a regulated waste operation facility that dealt with the deposit, treatment and or storage of waste, without authorisation of an environmental permit.

The Tory councillor represents the ward of Boldre and Sway and was first elected to the council in 1983.

Rickman, of Heron Close in Sway, is also a member of the New Forest National Part Authority and Go New Forest.

The allegation against him relates to a site in Lower Mead End Road, Sway.

Meanwhile, his brother, Robert, 67 of Rickman Scrapyard, Mead End Road, Sway, faces an allegation of conducting/causing or knowingly permitting activity in contravention of an environmental permit in relation to the waste operation.

The charges concern a period between November 17, 2017, and October 9 last year.

The Daily Echo has contacted NFDC for comment