Fly-tipping leads to court action

Two cases of fly-tipping in Stockport have led to court action.

A 23-year-old male from Timperley pleaded guilty for fly-tipping 3 van loads of waste in Bramhall and a 47-year-old male from Brinnington pleaded guilty for fly-tipping bags of household waste.

Mr Bobby Clarke of Hempcroft Road, Timperley pleaded guilty to depositing waste illegally contrary to Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act. The waste ended up fly-tipped on the car park of the Brookdale Club based in Bramhall. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £1037 costs and a victim surcharge of £30-a total of £1187. A Stockport resident went on to Social media looking for a rubbish removal company and was contacted by Bobby Clarke who arranged the removal.

He arrived with another male who was driving the van and took waste away from the property in 3 separate loads. The fly-tipped waste consisted of household items including furniture, children’s play equipment, garden equipment, bedding, black bags containing household waste and a tyre and took up 3 spaces of the car park. An Officer investigated the site where the waste had been fly-tipped and obtained evidence leading to Bobby Clarke resulting in the successful legal action being taken.

Mr Simon Hawley of Blackberry Lane, Brinnington pleaded guilty to depositing waste illegally contrary to Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The fly-tipped waste consisted of 4 black sacks containing household waste. An Officer investigated the site where the waste had been fly tipped and obtained evidence leading to Mr Hawley. He was fined £220 and ordered to pay £248.28 in costs and a victim surcharge of £30-a total of £498.28

Mr Hawley was interviewed under caution by Council Enforcement Officers and admitted fly-tipping 2 of the bags. He was later sent a fixed penalty notice for the offence which would be reduced to £250 if paid within 7 days. A Fixed Penalty offers the offender the opportunity to discharge any liability to conviction for the offence to which it relates by payment of a fixed penalty. Mr Hawley however failed to pay the fixed penalty notice leaving officers no alternative than to take the court action.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport, said: “This case should serve as a warning to people about the risks of passing unwanted goods to waste carriers which are not registered.

“Fly-tipping is not acceptable and when we have sufficient evidence the Council will take action.”

Residents and Businesses could be unwittingly using a rogue trader to remove their waste. Whether through social media or an advert or even by being approached directly residents and businesses need to check they are a registered waste carrier and that they have a permit. It is illegal for them to take your waste if they are not. Residents are warned not to pay a price that is too good to be true as they too could end up in court and could eventually cost them a lot more
Details of registered waste carriers can be checked at GOV.UK or from the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506.