Resident facing fine following fly-tip fiasco
Published Monday, 16th March 2020
A local resident is being charged £150 following an investigation into a fly-tipping incident in Eagle Way, Shoeburyness.
In September 2019, the council’s waste management team received information that some household waste, including furniture and bedding, had been fly-tipped in Eagle Way, Shoeburyness. Following the investigation, officers found Jubeda Rhaman, a resident of Eagle Way, responsible for the waste, and she was subsequently issued a fixed penalty notice for the offence.
Mrs. Rahman failed to pay the notice and as a result, the authority began with legal proceedings and Mrs. Rhaman later appeared at Southend Magistrates Court on Wednesday 19 February 2020. In court, Mrs. Rahman claimed there had been some confusion with regards to the appropriate collection of the materials. However, she pleaded guilty to the charges.
Mrs. Rahman received a conditional discharge for the offence which was suspended for 6 months. She was also ordered to pay a fine of £134 and pay a £21 victim surcharge, leaving her with total costs of £155.
Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “Whilst it is pleasing to see our waste management team successfully identify and fine a fly-tipper, it is disappointing that we have had to get to this stage once again.
“There is no excuse for fly-tipping. We take a zero tolerance approach and I can assure you that we will not allow people to dump waste on our streets, which leads to costly removal and legal proceedings. The council and Veolia recently launched the online bulky waste portal, which is quick and simple to use, and will also cost a lot less than the charges associated with fly-tipping.”
It is estimated that £100-£150million every year is spent on investigation and removal of fly-tips by Local Authorities/the taxpayer, and private land owners.
Fly-tipping is one of the most damaging environmental issues faced by Local Authorities. Fly-tips can vary in size from a bag or two of rubbish up to full loads from commercial vehicles. These include rubbish, large domestic items, such as fridges and mattresses, garden refuse, tyres and clinical waste.
To raise reports of fly-tipping and littering, please use MySouthend at www.southend.gov.uk/MySouthend
To book a collection for your bulky waste, please visit the new online portal at www.southend.gov.uk/recycling