A flytipper has had to shell out more than £1,000 after admitting he failed to comply with his duty of care when trash was dumped in one of Dacorum’s beauty spots.
The local authority successfully prosecuted a litterbug who, it was discovered, had been paid to dispose of someone’s rubbish after it was found blocking a well-used bridlepath and public right of way in Pietley Hill, Flamstead.
Last Wednesday Marc Fossey of South Dene, Gaddesden Row, Hemel Hempstead pleaded guilty to failing to comply with Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for the offence, which took place in May 2014.
The council’s portfolio holder for residents and regulatory services Neil Harden said: “From the large amount of household and builders waste left at the site, our environmental enforcement officers were able to find evidence which linked it to an address in Dunstable.
“Following an interview under caution the subject admitted paying Mr Fossey to dispose of his waste and provided Mr Fossey’s details.”
Mr Fossey denied dumping the waste during his interview under caution, saying he had transferred it to someone else but could not provide the details.
He pleaded guilty in Court for failing to comply with his duty of care responsibilities and was ordered to pay a total of £1,324.81 for the offence including a fine of £300, contribution towards the prosecution costs of £994.81 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Cllr Harden added: “We are taking a very proactive approach to reducing fly-tipping in the borough.
“Officers visit every report to investigate where the waste has come from and try and trace the person responsible.
“Our environmental enforcement team is also concentrating on prevention by working with the Police and the Environment Agency to carry out checks on vehicles likely to be carrying waste, and asking drivers to produce their waste carriers’ licence.”
The council has urged people comissioning others to remove their waste to ensure they have a valid waste carriers’ licence. Businesses must also note the details of the vehicle, licence, company and drivers name but it is good practice for householders to do this too. Licences can be checked online atenvironment-agency.gov.uk or by telephone on 03708 506506.