£1,500 fine over rubbish dumped in country lane near Thornbury
A ROGUE trader who dumped sacks of rubbish in the countryside near Thornbury has been told to pay almost £1,500 in fines and costs.
Geoffrey Ferris was convicted of fly tipping in Hackett Lane near the town and at another site near Iron Action, after being paid by householders to dispose of it.
The 35-year-old, of Orchard Close, Yate, was also found guilty of carrying waste without being registered. He admitted offences relating to both incidents, which took place last year.
The case was brought by South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental protection team, who found that Ferris had removed the household waste as a business transaction. Evidence linked it to addresses in Cromhall and Yate.
Ferris was fined £400 for each fly-tip, £200 for the other licensing offence and ordered to pay £485 in costs, totalling £1,485.
The council has warned fly tippers it will always take them to court rather than issuing fixed penalty notices. A 36-year-old Kingswood woman was also taken to court on the same day Ferris was convicted, and ordered to pay a total of £752 after dumping 10 bags of household waste in Longwell Green.
Cabinet member for communities and tourism Paul Hughes said: “Statistics show that anyone fly-tipping in South Gloucestershire is five times more likely to be successfully prosecuted than anywhere else in the country, and our award-winning envirocrime team have a 100 per cent record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence.
“These are two different examples that again highlight why there is no excuse for this type of behaviour. Fly-tipping is an issue that affects our communities and local environment and this activity will not be tolerated in South Gloucestershire.”
People are advised to make sure that they only give their rubbish to an individual or company registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency. Legitimate firms will have a registration certificate.
Anyone who sees illegal fly-tipping is encouraged to report it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Street Care helpdesk on 01454 868000.