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Man counts cost after fly-tip blocks country lane
An East-Hampshire man was ordered to pay more than £500 for his part in a fly-tip that blocked a rural road in Catherington recently. Max Robbins, of London Road, Cowplain, was prosecuted for his involvement in a large, dangerous fly-tip on Lone Barn Lane.
Reported to the council using Facebook, the tip included car parts and maintenance equipment as well as a large amount of rubble. The rubbish had been dumped on a blind bend on the unlit road, posing a danger to motorists and pedestrians. The road was closed for four hours as it was cleared.
East Hampshire District Council Enforcement Officers investigated the same day and found items of paperwork relating to Max Robbins, who, during the investigations, admitted he had paid someone £60 to take away car parts. He could not provide full contact details of the person and had no official paperwork accounting for the transfer of waste.
Mr Robbins pleaded guilty to failure to comply with his Duty of Care under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £21 Victims Support Charge and £500 prosecution costs.
"When hiring someone to take your waste away make sure you get the right paperwork, and then you can be more confident it is going to be disposed of responsibly," advises Cllr Ingrid Thomas, EHDC's portfolio holder for Neighbourhood Quality. "If you don't and your waste is fly-tipped you could end up being caught with a fine or Fixed Penalty Notice."
4th February 2021