Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Rogues Dump Waste Landing Homeowner With Fine

A Cambridge man has been stung with over £1,000 in fines and costs after waste from his home was found dumped in the countryside.

Mr John Seeley, 41, who owns a property in Kelsey Crescent attended Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (25 July) where he pleased guilty to failing to take reasonable measures to secure that the transfer of his waste was to an authorised person.

South Cambridgeshire District Council investigators tracked the waste, which included kitchen units and a worktop, back to Mr Seeley’s property in Kelsey Crescent and when interviewed he confirmed he had paid £160 cash to two people he didn’t know to take away the rubbish.

Magistrates fined Mr Seeley £500, he was ordered to pay costs of £625 and a victim surcharge of £50 totalling £1,175.

The waste had been dumped in Low Fen Drove Way off High Ditch Road in Fen Ditton.

Following this case Council waste bosses are reiterating that it is the responsibility of householders to make sure that they use authorised waste carriers, registered with the Environment Agency, to dispose of rubbish.

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.

Cllr Mick Martin, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “This case highlights how important it is to make sure you get waste removed by people who have the correct licence. If the deal sounds too good to be true it normally is and we urge you to check the credentials of the people you plan to employ to make sure they are registered waste carriers. If waste from your home is found dumped you will be held responsible and action will be taken. Fly tipping is a national problem which our residents detest and we will continue to take a tough stance.”

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 or Martin Johnston at South Cambridgeshire District Council on 03450 450 063, or email chris.bradley@scambs.gov.uk andmartin.johnston@scambs.gov.uk