Bedfordshire man pleads guilty to fly-tipping offence in Letchworth Garden City
On 8 September at Stevenage Magistrates Court, via video link from Kempston police station, Mr Jamie Johnson of Hillfoot Road, Shillington, pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care to dispose of waste appropriately, contrary to section 34 (1) (A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Fly-tipped waste belonging to Mr Johnson was discovered at the Wilbury Hills picnic area in Letchworth Garden City. The waste included paving, plasterboard, outer cover for cabling, tyres, car parts, wood, gas cannisters and numerous other items.
The items were traced back to Mr Johnson by North Herts District Council’s (NHDC) Community Protection Team after details of his name and address were found in the fly-tipped waste. It is unclear exactly who was responsible for fly-tipping the waste in Letchworth but because the waste belonged to Mr Johnson, it was his responsibility to make sure the waste was disposed of legally.
Mr Johnson was fined £400 by the Court, ordered to pay £500 towards costs and a victim surcharge of £40, a total of £940.
Cllr Judi Billing, NHDC’s Executive Member for Community Engagement said: “There seems to be a never-ending cycle of fly-tipping lately and clean-up costs are very costly to the council taxpayer. Please make sure any waste, either domestic or business, is disposed of safely and legally and if you pay someone to remove it on your behalf, always check to see if they have a waste carrier’s licence from the Environment Agency because if they don’t, and it is fly-tipped, you are still responsible for it and can be prosecuted.”
NHDC is part of the Hertfordshire Fly-Tipping Group, made up of Herts police, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union, Keep Britain Tidy, and other councils in Hertfordshire. The group recently ran a county-wide campaign calling on residents and businesses to ‘S.C.R.A.P fly-tipping’ by following an easy-to-remember, five-step checklist when arranging one-off waste collections.
Check if a waste carrier has an Environment Agency waste carrier licence on their website.