Surrey Heath Borough Council announced, on 31st August, further success in prosecuting fly-tippers. [NB: my photo off a fly-tip just of Red Road],
Surrey Heath Borough Council has prosecuted two people for offences relating to fly-tipping.
Henry ‘Harry’ Loveridge from Chobham pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Sandpit Hall Road in Chobham, which is an offence under Section 33 of The Environmental Protection Act 1990. Loveridge, who was paid by a householder to take the waste away from a property in Southall, provided an elaborate defence when interviewed by Council officers as to why the waste was tipped. The Magistrates Chair said he simply didn’t believe Loveridges’ version of events and ordered him to pay a fine of £600, victim surcharge of £60 and the Council’s full costs of £567.11 which included clearing the tip.
Charles Smailes of Ottershaw pleaded guilty to duty of care offences and failure to have a waste carrier’s licence relating to three separate fly-tips at Gracious Pond Road, a notorious fly-tipping hot spot in Chobham. Smailes, who runs a paving and driveways company, denied any involvement in tipping any of the waste but conceded he had failed in his duty of care by not ensuring the third party he passed the waste on to for disposal was authorised to do so and would dispose of it correctly. Smailes was fined £1000 for each of the offences along with a £100 surcharge in addition to being ordered by the judge to pay the Council’s costs of £1500 which included clearing the tip.
Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning and Surrey County Councillor for Bagshot, Windlesham and Chobham, said: “Fly-tipping is a national problem and councils in Surrey are stepping up co-ordinated action against this anti-social crime which blights our countryside and drains our resources.
“There is no excuse for fly-tipping and these cases send a powerful message to those tempted to dump rubbish in our roads and parks. I would like to thank the enforcement team at Surrey Heath Borough Council for their hard work in bringing these offenders to justice and in securing other recent convictions.”
Julia Greenfield, Audit, Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement Manager at Surrey Heath, said: “As well as the recent excellent results at Court, we have just issued our first £400 fixed penalty for fly-tipping to a Camberley resident who dumped household waste which included soiled nappies and excess food at Bisley recycling site. We will continue to rigorously investigate all reports of fly-tipping and take appropriate action against the perpetrators.”
To report instances of fly-tipping, please visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/flytipping