Borough Council of Wellingborough

Fly tipping prosecutions

Published Tuesday, 09 November 2010

Wellingborough Council has successfully prosecuted two people for separate fly tipping incidents.

Lindsey Jones of John Lea Way , Wellingborough pleaded guilty and was fined £70 plus £15 victim surcharge by Wellingborough Magistrates for an offence committed in May this year. The male driver of a car registered to Miss Jones was seen dumping car tyres at the side of the road in Great Doddington. In court she claimed an ex-boyfriend must have dumped the tyres from her car and that she was no longer with this person, though she had previously told council officers that she knew nothing about the incident.

Eraine Miles of Gannet Lane also pleaded guilty to an offence of depositing waste illegally. In June environmental wardens discovered two sofas obstructing the footpath outside her home.   Miss Miles claimed in mitigation that she did not know she was committing an offence and left the sofas out for collection by a private collection firm, but she had no receipt or evidence for this. She was fined £60 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Councillor Malcolm Waters, chairman of the council's community committee said, "These prosecutions demonstrate that the council will continue to use enforcement action where necessary to tackle fly tipping. There are two lessons to be learned from these cases. Firstly where waste is deposited from a vehicle the owner can be held responsible if they do not provide the driver's details; and secondly householders should always check that anyone they pay to take rubbish away is an authorised waste carrier and make sure they get a receipt."

The Environment Agency keeps records of all registered waste carriers and can be contacted on telephone number 08708 506506.