Whittlesford man fined after waste is dumped on farmland in Great Wilbraham
A Whittlesford man was fined almost £1,000 after not ensuring waste from a Cambridge property was disposed of properly.
Rodney Eggo, 47, of Church Close, Whittlesford, failed to appear at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (February 28) to answer a charge of failing to ensure that his waste was disposed of by an authorised person.
Building materials were discovered on farmland off Mill Road in Great Wilbraham and evidence was recovered from the scene that led South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) investigators to Eggo.
Under interview he admitted to paying an unknown person and unregistered waste carrier £50 to remove waste from a property in Cambridge following the completion of building works – which is illegal.
Magistrates found him guilty in his absence and fined him £500, with SCDC costs of £400 and victim surcharge of £50 also to be paid.
SCDC waste bosses have since reiterated 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.
To check for licensed traders visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk and search the public register for waste carriers.
You can also telephone 08708 506506.
Cllr Sue Ellington, SCDC cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Fly tipping is a national problem and something we work hard to try and stamp out.
“Residents quite rightly detest waste being dumped in the countryside as it is there for us to all enjoy.
“It also costs taxpayers thousands of pounds each year for us to clear it up.
“We have a variety of methods for tracking down those responsible but if you spot someone in the act, report it.
“Please remember that 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.”
If you see someone in the act of fly tipping, contact police on 999.
To report waste that has been fly tipped, contact Chris Bradley or Martin Johnston at SCDC on 03450 450 063, or email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Calka, 29, of Crowland Way, Cambridge, was up in court at the same time as Eggo.
He was seen by local residents when he chucked tree waste at two separate locations in the Landbeach area and SCDC’s enforcement officers tracked him down after being given his vehicle registration.
Under interview he admitted both offenses and after failing to appearing in court was found guilty and landed with a £600 fine.
He will also need to pay SCDC costs of £560 and a victim surcharge of £15.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (March 14) Echo.
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