Pair in fine mess over fly tipped waste
Council investigators have brought two fly tippers to justice after fines were handed out by magistrates.
Melanie O’Boyle of Alice Bell Close, Cambridge, pleaded guilty to dumping a large amount of used oak flooring in Cambridge Road, Impington, with Magistrates ruling a £100 fine.
A member of the public who witnessed the offence passed the vehicle details to South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) enforcement officers who worked with the DVLA to identify O’Boyle.
The court heard how she claimed to have taken other car loads of waste to the household recycling centre at Milton, but dumped one load in Impington instead.
She was also ordered to pay £100 Council costs and victim surcharge of £15.
In a second case, Daniel Ayres of Clare Close, Mildenhall, was found guilty of failing in his duty of care to ensure that his waste was disposed of lawfully.
Ayres failed to appear in court on January 10 and was found guilty in his absence.
He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £160 SCDC costs as well as a victim surcharge of £15.
A passing police officer from Cambridgeshire Constabulary discovered the domestic waste in Low Fen Drove, Fen Ditton, and evidence recovered led enforcement officers to Ayres.
He admitted paying an unknown person £25 to take his waste away.
Following this case SCDC waste bosses are reiterating that it is the responsibility of householders to make sure that they use authorised waste carriers, registered with the Environment Agency, to dispose of rubbish.
Cllr Sue Ellington, SCDC cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We take fly tipping very seriously; it blights our countryside and costs taxpayers’ thousands of pounds each year.
“These two cases highlight how we track down the people responsible and make sure they face the consequences of their actions.
“If you’re dumping waste our investigators will find you.
“If someone offers to take your waste away check that they are licensed to do so. If waste from your home is found dumped you will be held responsible and action will be taken.”
To check for licensed traders visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk and search the public register for waste carriers.
You can also telephone 08708 506 506.
If you see someone in the act of fly tipping please contact the Police on 999.
To report waste that has been fly tipped, please contact Chris Bradley at SCDC on 03450 450063, or email email@example.com.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 14) Echo.
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