Thursday, 4 April 2013

Special Delivery For Fly Tipper


A Huntingdon resident has been fined after a mailbox containing letters addressed to her were found amongst junk dumped in Willingham.

Domestic waste consisting of black sacks of children's toys, timber, carpets and a metal mailbox were discovered in Aldreth Causeway, Willingham following a tip off from a member of the public.

Ms Charmaine Dixon of Rodney Road, Hartford, Huntingdon, accepted that the mailbox was hers but failed to co-operate with South Cambridgeshire District Council’s investigation after denying that she had fly-tipped the waste or that she had arranged for anyone else to dispose of it for her.

Ms Dixon was charged with failing to comply with a notice to answer questions in respect of an environmental crime investigation and pleaded not guilty. Cambridge Magistrates’ Court found her guilty on Thursday (28 March) and ordered her to pay a £250 fine, Council costs of £250 and a £25 victim surcharge.

Cllr Sue Ellington, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “There is no excuse for dumping waste in the countryside as it is a blight on the landscape. Our residents detest fly tipping and we take a tough stance to make sure the message is heard loud and clear that it will not be tolerated.

“Please remember that if someone offers to take your waste away check that they are licensed to do so. If waste from your home is found dumped you will be held responsible and action will be taken.”

To check for licensed traders visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk and search the public register for waste carriers. You can also telephone 08708 506 506.

If you see someone in the act of fly tipping please contact the Police on 999. To report waste that has been fly tipped, please contact Chris Bradley at South Cambridgeshire District Council on 03450 450 063, or email chris.bradley@scambs.gov.uk.