Date: 11 April 2017
Brentwood Borough Council fly tip prosecutions totalling £4,000+in fines
A fly tipper has been fined a total of £3,727 after Brentwood Borough Council pursued a prosecution following the discovery of rubbish dumped in Dytchley’s Road, Navestock last year.
Among the waste was a cold water storage tank and packaging from a central heating installation that was traced back to a job that had taken place in London.
The plumbing work had been undertaken by Will Eastman of One Shot Plumbers, Wyatts Green and Mr Eastman was contacted and required to attend an interview at the council offices. He failed to attend this meeting and the initial hearing at Basildon Magistrates Court on February 8, 2016. As a result a warrant was issued for his arrest and at a second hearing on April 6 Mr Eastman pleaded not guilty to fly tipping the waste that had been found. He did plead guilty to breaching his duty of care under the Environmental Protection Act, failing to attend an interview, transporting waste without a waste carrier licence and failing to provide a waste transfer note. He was fined a total of £3,727.
A spokeswoman for the council said: “We run a zero tolerance policy on such illegal dumping which blights our local environment. The fine is a significant amount which should warn others that such actions will not be tolerated and that legal action will be taken to stamp out this crime. Our officers work extremely hard on our residents’ behalf to protect the Brentwood Borough from such fly tipping activities.”
In some recent cases, fly tippers have had their driving licences withdrawn on top of fines, been banned from driving and had their vehicles seized as part of a range of actions open to the courts.
It’s not just the fly tippers who are being pursued. Homeowners are legally responsible for the disposal of their waste and are required to use firms that have a waste carrier licence and provide a waste transfer note. If a fly tip is traced back to an homeowner who cannot then provide details of the licenced company used to remove the rubbish, that individual can face court action too.
Brentwood Borough Council successfully prosecuted a householder for such a failure when rubbish was discovered in a fly tip at Mill Lane in Navestock in August last year. Having failed to provide details of how the waste, which included a bag of shoes and cardboard packaging bearing an address in Dagenham, had been disposed of, Brentwood Borough Council prosecuted.
At Basildon Magistrates Court on February 8 Lia Burns of Hunters Hall Road, Dagenham was ordered to pay £430.
This is why homeowners need to check the clearance companies are licenced and registered:
** It is the homeowner’s responsibility to check that the firm picking up the waste is registered to be a waste carrier
** There are fines of up to £5,000 that can be levied if a householder uses a firm that then fly tips.
This is what homeowners need to do to check:
** when appointing a waste or clearance contractor ask to see the “waste carrier permit” issued by the Environment Agency
** Photograph the permit as your proof you have checked
** To validate the permit Call 03708 506 506 and check the waste carrier number is official
** Ask for a “transfer notice” or receipt from the contractor before they leave and take a note of the vehicle registration number
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