A man seen illegally dumping garden waste in Cheddington has been fined £525.
Aylesbury Magistrates Court heard that 50-year-old David Fry was carrying out gardening work at a house in Hill Side on June19.
Fry was seen to cut down a large portion of a small conifer, take the branches across the road and deposit them beneath a tree on the opposite side.
The witness passed the full details of what he had seen, together with Fry’s vehicle registration number to the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
When interviewed at a police station by Waste Partnership investigators, Fry, of St James Close, Houghton Regis, admitted depositing the branches across the road.
He said he had intended to take the branches to the rear garden of the property for disposal by the householder as was his usual practice at that property.
But he said the route to the rear garden had been blocked by a car belonging to the householder’s son and he wanted to avoid the possibility of scratching the car and didn’t leave the branches in the front garden as he wanted to leave a tidy job. He said he was tired at the end of the day and his actions had been a one-off mistake, denying that he had been trying to cut his business costs.
Fry pleaded guilty on Monday to an offence of dumping waste illegally. The magistrates fined Fry £250 and ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £250. A victim surcharge of £25 was also levied. The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
The Waste Partnership launched the Illegal Dumping Costs campaign in October 2003. Since then, the Partnership has secured 392 convictions against individuals and companies.
A spokesman said: “On average, there is at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire. This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a saving of over £1 million for residents.”
Report fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire by calling 0845 330 1856 or report it online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly