A witness who caught a fly-tipper red-handed hopes the £3,260 the offender was ordered to pay in fines and costs will be a deterrent to others.
Published: Monday, 3rd June 2019
Noel Joseph of Egerton Gate, Shenley Brooke End, Milton Keynes pleaded guilty to the charge of fly-tipping at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 28 May 2019.
He was ordered to pay a £1,800 fine, the South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) full costs of £1,290 and a £170 victim surcharge.
On Sunday, 29 July 2018 Joseph had been emptying the contents of his white transit type van in a lay-by on the Ashton Road, just off the A508 near Roade when he was interrupted by a local resident.
The resident saw him remove a section of plaster or hardboard from the van and throw it into the grass beside the lay-by. When confronted Joseph fled.
The witness made a note of the vehicle registration number and along with his description, passed the details to a SNC environmental enforcement officer.
When the enforcement officer visited the lay-by, he found enough dumped material to fill a van.
The witness, who asked not to be named, said: “I’m disgusted that he thought he could do this and get away with it. It’s such a beautiful part of the world and fly-tipping is unsightly and can be a danger to animals and children.
“Then there’s the cost of clearing it up. I pay my taxes like everyone else so what makes fly-tippers think they are special?
“Maybe they just don’t care if the countryside disappears under a pile of rubbish.
“He could have just gone to the tip and paid a lot less than the £3,000, so I’m glad the council were able to prosecute, and I hope this will make others stop and think before they do something so selfish.”
Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “Ashton Road has some beautiful views over rolling countryside, it is saddening to think someone can be so casual about fly-tipping at this or any other location.
“Fortunately, local people are not so casual about their desire to live in a clean and safe environment. If you are thinking of fly-tipping in South Northants, our residents and enforcement officers will be watching.”
SNC is supporting the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership SCRAPP fly-tipping campaign which urges residents to make sure people they pay to dispose of waste are legally allowed to do so.