A local resident from Rotherwick, Hook was taken to court by Hart District Council for fly-tipping and fined £270 plus additional costs.
The fines related to two separate incidents on 30 November and 17 December 2018 at Totters Lane and Greywell in Hook where household waste was found with details of the resident.
After several failed attempts by the council to engage with the resident a fixed penalty notice (FPN) was issued under fly-tipping Duty of Care Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The FPN was not paid or disputed.
On 12 December 2019 the resident pleaded guilty to two counts of fly-tipping as she failed in her duty of care to ensure that her waste was disposed of by an authorised waste carrier and was unable to provide details of the person who had removed her waste.
In passing judgement, the magistrate said that ignorance was no defence. She was fined £270, as well as a victim surcharge of £35 and £600 to cover the council’s clean-up and prosecution costs - £290 and £310 respectively.
Hearing the result, Councillor Alan Oliver, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This sends a clear message that fly-tipping is a serious offence and will not be tolerated. Residents are responsible for ensuring that their own waste is disposed of in the appropriate manner, either by themselves or by using authorised waste carriers. If unauthorised third parties are used, then residents will ultimately be held responsible and could be fined.”
The total cost of fly-tipping clear-up in Hart from August 2018 – July 2019 was £38,240.
With the help of the public we hope to prosecute those who dump waste in our District.
email EH@hart.gov.uk or call 01252 622122
If you come across dumped waste, please report it to hart.fixmystreet.com