Two prosecuted for flytipping in Northamptonshire

The flytipping in Blisworth
The flytipping in Blisworth

A resident of Northampton and a London man have been prosecuted after flytipping in Northamptonshire.

South Northamptonshire Council has successfully prosecuted two householders who failed to check the credentials of people taking away their waste.

Courteenhall flytipping

Courteenhall flytipping

On Tuesday, April 28 Perry Bedeau from Wembley, Middlesex appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court charged with failing to ensure his waste was disposed of by a licensed waste carrier.

The bench was told a farmer contacted SNC after finding a large amount of waste, including broken furniture and black sacks of domestic waste, in his field near Blisworth at the junction of the A43 and Towcester Road.

SNC officers searched the waste and found correspondence relating to the address in Wembley.

The property had recently been sold and the original owner was interviewed under caution by council officers at which point he admitted the waste had come from his property.

On the day Bedeau moved out of the property some waste was placed in the front garden. An unidentified man stopped and offered to remove the waste that was subsequently dumped 60 miles away.

As the waste had been dumped on private property responsibility fell on the farmer who paid a licensed waste carrier to clear the site.

Bedeau was fined £750, and ordered to pay £436.32 for SNC’s costs, a £75 victim surcharge and £264 compensation to the farmer.

A collection order was made giving Mr Bedeau 14 days to pay.

During the same court session David Sellar from Northampton was fined £1,000, and ordered to pay £349.78 in SNC costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

In November 2014 SNC officers were informed of fly-tipped building materials on the road into Courteenhall village.

Officers searched the waste and found evidence linking it to an address in Northampton. When they visited officers found building works underway and Sellar was present. He was later interview under caution at the SNC offices in Towcester.

Again, an unidentified man had offered to take away metal contained within the building materials. Sellar agreed on condition the remainder of the waste was also taken.

The waste minus the metal was later found near Courteenhall.

Ian Davies, SNC’s director of community and environment said: “If the amount of money you are quoted to remove waste sounds too good to be true, then the waste is probably going to be fly-tipped.

“It will cost you a lot more in court than it would have done to go through a properly licensed waste carrier.

“Waste can travel some distance. In addition to waste originating from North London, this Council is dealing with waste originating from Peterborough, Derby and Northampton.

“Our advice to farmers is to ensure that gates are locked when not in use.

“Although this council will be sympathetic we will not remove waste fly tipped on private land. We will, as in this case, attempt to recover costs in court, but there is no guarantee of success and a farmer could be left with a large bill for waste disposal.”

Anyone offering to take away waste materials should be able to provide a {licence from the Environment Agency|http://epr.environment-agency.gov.uk/ePRInternet/SearchRegisters.aspx|environment-agency.gov.uk} which can be verified online.

A waste transfer note should be completed showing where the waste came from and details of the person removing it. This note should be kept for two years.

A note should also be made of the number plate of the vehicle used to remove it.