Waste management team cooking with gas following fly-tip prosecution

Published Monday, 10th February 2020

Flytipped cooker

A local resident has been handed a £380 fine after a gas cooker was fly-tipped on Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea.

Karen Blake, a resident of Coleman Street, was convicted at Southend Magistrates on Friday 24 January following an investigation into the fly-tipped cooker, which was found on the evening of Monday 24 June outside Centre Reach, Coleman Street.

The council’s waste and environmental care team undertook an investigation and enquiries found Miss. Blake was responsible for dumping the gas cooker from her vehicle in June last year. Following this, the local authority issued a fixed penalty notice of £150 to Miss. Blake, which could have been reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days.

After failing to pay the penalty notice and failing to contact the council about the incident, the council’s legal team commenced legal proceedings and Miss. Blake was summonsed to attend court. Miss. Blake also failed to attend her court hearing and was subsequently arrested by Essex Police on Friday 24 January. The case was heard on the same day at Southend Magistrates, where she pleaded guilty and was sentenced.

Miss. Blake was convicted for her offence and was ordered to pay a fine of £100, as well as paying costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £30. In total, she faces a bill of £380.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “Fly tipping is one of the most damaging overall environmental issues faced by Local Authorities in this country. It is estimated that £100-£150 Million every year is spent in investigation and removal of fly tips by Local Authorities/the taxpayer, and private land owners.

“Our waste management team conducted a thorough investigation and now the resident is facing a large fine, which could have been easily avoided had they disposed of the item appropriately. I would like to thank local residents for reporting the incident which has led to this conviction.”

To raise reports of fly-tipping and littering, please use MySouthend, which can be accessed via the council’s website www.southend.gov.uk.

Residents can also book a collection for their bulky waste items through the council’s new bulky waste portal. To find book a collection or to find out more about the updated online service, please visit www.southend.gov.uk/bulkywaste or call Veolia on 0203 5676955.