Surrey Heath Borough Council has successfully prosecuted two people for illegally dumping waste in Lightwater and Chobham.
Mitchell White from Woking pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Gracious Pond Road, Chobham. White, who advertises his garden and landscape business online was ordered to pay the prosecution costs and a fine of £1000, which also included clean-up costs. The Chair of the Bench said they found it a despicable thing to do and expected tradespeople to be decent and take pride in their work.
Kasey Warth from Staines pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Hook Mill Lane, Lightwater. Warth, who also advertised online, was ordered to pay £1875.14, which included clear up costs, a £1000 fine and prosecution costs. On sentencing, the Chair held up a photo of the fly-tip and said: “This is a singularly unimpressive sight and would have been horrendous to clear up.”
Councillor Vivienne Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Community said: “Surrey Heath Borough Council is fully committed to taking action against those who dump rubbish. Hopefully the criminal convictions, fines and reputational damage these cases represent sends a clear message to other potential fly-tippers about this selfish and anti-social behaviour. Our Corporate Enforcement team rely on information provided by members of the public to bring those responsible to justice.”
Julia Greenfield, Audit, Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement Manager said: “We were able to prosecute these cases with the assistance received from the victims of the crime, who paid money in good faith for their waste to be disposed of. Residents can help us tackle fly-tipping by being clear on who is taking their waste away.
“People should be wary of anyone offering to take items away for a nominal fee. Always ask to see the appropriate waste permits and insist on a receipt. The penalties for fly-tipping can be severe and may in some cases result in vehicles and property being confiscated, as well as disqualification from driving being made in the Magistrates Court.”