Fly-tippers ordered to pay over £6,000 by courts
The borough council took three separate fly-tipping cases to Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 6 October and achieved successful convictions for all.
Jamie Chandler of Montserrat Road, Basingstoke was ordered to a pay a total of £1,694.80 after he pleaded guilty to dumping a large quantity of waste from a hire van at Beach Park recycling site in Station Road, Oakley on Monday 18 March 2019. The dumped waste included plasterboard, chairs, wood, a bed frame, a canvas picture and a builder’s bag.
Magistrates fined Chandler £320 and ordered him to pay £1,342.80 in prosecution and clearance costs, plus £32 in victim surcharge.
Talip Polat of Landseer Close was ordered to pay a total of £1,718.88 after he pleaded guilty to dumping a large white freezer unit with no door from his car at Morrisons recycling site, off Worting Road, Basingstoke on Tuesday 16 July 2019.
Magistrates fined him £450 and ordered him to pay £1,223.88 in prosecution and clearance costs, plus £45 in victim surcharge.
Adam Wallace of Shiphay Avenue, Torquay, Devon was ordered to pay a total of £2,921.40 after pleading guilty to illegally dumping commercial and household waste on an area of public land adjacent to Boyce Close, Basingstoke.
Wallace, who traded as Wallace Plumbing and Heating at the time, removed waste from a house as part of a bathroom re-fit and fly-tipped it on or around 1 December 2019.
Magistrates fined Wallace £1,493 and ordered him to pay £1,279.40 in prosecution and clearance costs, plus £149 in victim surcharge.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “Witnesses have played a vital role in securing these prosecutions and I would like to thank our residents for their ongoing support in helping us stamp out this criminal act.
“Two of these cases have involved fly-tipping at our recycling sites. We will not tolerate the abuse of these sites and offenders will be taken to task.
“Fly-tipping is a crime that carries a maximum of five years imprisonment at Crown Court, it is also costly if you are caught. We take a zero tolerance approach to fly-tipping and will prosecute where there is evidence to do so. Since May 2018 we have convicted 21 individuals or companies for fly-tipping offences and we will continue this work.”
People can report fly-tipping to the council by calling 01256 844844 or visiting www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping