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Council gets tough on filthy fly tippers

Dumped. Waste offloaded at Brant Broughton by a rogue flytipper cost a Newark man over �1,000 in court after he failed to check the contractors credentials. Photo supplied.

Dumped. Waste offloaded at Brant Broughton by a rogue flytipper cost a Newark man over �1,000 in court after he failed to check the contractors credentials. Photo supplied.

FOUL fly-tippers are now targeting residents living outside the district and dumping their waste within the countryside of North Kesteven - but it could be a costly business if caught.

On October 5, 2011 Amos Smith of Appleby Lodge, Barnby Road, Newark unknowingly paid £20 for rogue waste collectors to take away his unwanted commercial waste. Documents were found among the items dumped on Green Lane, Brant Broughton naming Mr Smith and other family members.

When interviewed by council officers Mr Smith admitted to giving waste to two men with a tipper lorry without checking to see if they were authorised to carry the waste. Mr Smith was charged with failing to make reasonable checks to ensure the person who he passed the household waste to was authorised.

Mr Smith failed three times to attend to receive a caution, after which he NKDC decided to prosecute. He again failed to attend court on Monday September 17 and the district judge found him guilty in his absence. Mr Smith was fined £400 plus £691 costs and victim surcharge of £15 to be paid in full within 14 days.

Coun Richard Wright, Executive Board member with responsibility for Environmental Services and Street Scene, says: “The district council takes seriously its responsibility for maintaining a clean, green and healthy district for residents.” The council’s environmental protection team investigators have secured 22 convictions for waste offences since late 2007, serving as a reminder for residents to check that those who are disposing of their waste are registered to do so or it could be a costly mistake.

Residents can also help to keep the district clean and safe by reporting fly-tipping to the council on 01529 414155 or at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk. Do not put yourself at risk, but give as much detail as possible.

l What do you think about the policy of punishing the customer too? Let us know on 01529 416340 or email: andy.hubbert@jpress.co.uk or comment on our Facebook and Twitter sites.

 
 
 

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