fly-tipping incident near West Huntspill puts woman in court
deal made on Facebook to get rid of rubbish has cost a resident
£290 and a 12-month conditional discharge after the rubbish
was found fly tipped in a quiet lane outside West Huntspill.
Taunton Magistrates Court, Kimberley Tierney, 23, of Weston-Super-Mare,
was fined £95 with a £15 victim surcharge and £180
costs after her waste was fly-tipped in Sloway Lane, Stretcholt
by people who she'd paid to take the waste away.
paid someone who advertised on the social media site to take away
the household waste that was piling up in her garden waste, but
she was soon traced after the rubbish was discovered dumped in
the leafy back road.
of Winscombe Road, Weston, admitted not taking reasonable measures
to ensure transfer of household waste to an authorised person.
prosecution was brought as part of renewed efforts by local councils
to drive down dumping and deter, catch and convict fly-tippers.
efforts include better co-operation with police, new surveillance
equipment, warning signs, further training for enforcement officers
and monitoring social media.
Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) spokesman said: "Everyone
has a duty of care to ensure their waste is properly taken by
licensed traders to a place that can legally receive the materials."
steps by residents can cut off the supply of material being fly-tipped
and avoid them ending up on a duty-of-care charge in court."
pay cash for waste removal; get a receipt with full contact information,
and note the details of vehicles and people taking away your waste."
any trader taking waste - from builders to man-and-van operators
- for their waste carrier licence and where the refuse will go."
Solicitor Nigel Osborne prosecuted the case for Sedgemoor District