Council fine fly-tippers over £2k

Published Thursday, 31st August 2017

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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Environmental Care team has successfully prosecuted two local businesses for commercial waste-disposal offences.

The first case, heard at Southend Magistrates Court on Wednesday 16 August, saw a handyman, Mr Darren Link, of Holland Road, Westcliff, fined a total of £1,217 (made up of a £750 first charge for fly-tipping, £167 second charge for failing to provide Duty of Care information, costs of £250, and a £50 victim surcharge).

Mr Link was caught fly-tipping by a member of the public, who witnessed a man fly-tipping in Fossetts Way, Southend-on-Sea, and recorded his vehicle registration which was then sent to the Council.

The other prosecution was against Vapeology, a vaping business from Ness Road, Shoeburyness, which was fined a total of £1,155 (made up of a £750 fine, costs of £355, and a £50 victim surcharge), which was also heard at Southend Magistrates Court on the same day.

This offence was first brought to the Council’s attention after members of the Council’s Parks department discovered rubbish dumped in the nearby Jenna Close Playground, Shoeburyness, with the business’s name and address on it.

After several letters and Fixed Penalty notices being sent to the business, with no response forthcoming, the Council then set about bringing Vapeology to court for failing to provide copies of their waste transfer notes in relation to a fly-tipping investigation.

Cllr Tony Cox, Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste and Regulatory Services, said: “Fly-tipping is a real blight to the local area, so I hope these prosecutions deter others from taking the same course of action. There are offers in place through our waste collection team Veolia and other private providers, where residents and businesses can pay a relatively small fee to have their rubbish removed properly. It is also a legal requirement that businesses have “duty of care” information available to detail their waste-disposal arrangements. These prosecutions send out a clear message that those who do not adhere to the laws on waste disposal will be caught and will be fined.”