Monday, 5 August 2013

“No Excuse For Fly Tipping” After Waste Dumped In The Countryside Leads To Hefty Fines

Waste including a vacuum cleaner, children’s toys and guttering dumped in the countryside has led to hefty fines being handed out in two cases at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court.

Scott Hawkings, 40, of New Street St Neots, pleaded guilty on Thursday (1 August) after he paid someone he didn’t know £30 to take away old windows, guttering and wood from a job his firm East Anglian Roofline was carrying out in Green Lays, St Ives.

Under interview he admitted the offence after South Cambridgeshire District Council investigators showed him a series of photos of rubbish dumped in Wellington Way, the approach road to Bourn Airfield.

The Magistrate accepted the offence was a “one-off” and Mr Hawkings was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £440. He was also told to pay £183.24 to David Ball Group PLC who cleared the waste into a 7 cubic metre skip from the road leading to their business as well as a £100 victim surcharge.

In a second case, Ms Karen Seville of 7 Thistle Street, Cambridge, was fined after enough waste to fill a transit van – including a vacuum cleaner and toys – were found discarded near Wood House Farm, Cambridge Road, Impington.

Council enforcement officers spoke to Ms Seville at her home where she said she had paid an unknown male £160 in cash to remove the waste. She did not turn up to attend an interview that had been arranged at the Council’s offices and failed to attend court to answer a summons.

In her absence she was found guilty of failing to take reasonable measures to secure that the transfer of waste was to an authorised person and failing to comply with a requirement to answer questions in respect of an investigation.

She was fined £1,500 – £750 for each offence – ordered to pay Council costs of £440 and a victim surcharge of £75.

Following the cases Council waste bosses are once again 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: “There is no excuse for fly tipping and it is something our residents detest. These cases highlight how important it is to check who is taking away your waste as they must have a waste carriers licence. We make no apologies for taking a tough stance on fly tipping as we want to stamp it out and I sincerely hope the fines handed out here deter other people from considering it.”

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 and martin.johnston@scambs.gov.uk