Northampton residents urged to do their part to stop fly-tips in the south of the county
|Author: Gavin Moore||Published: 29th May 2017 11:17|
People in Northampton are being urged to think carefully about where their waste ends up after a spate of fly-tips near Castle Ashby.
In the prosecution brought by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), Borrowdale Walk resident Damanjot Gaubrey, 30, was ordered to pay a total of £1,141, comprising a £461 fine, £634 costs and a £46 victim surcharge, after he admitted paying for the removal of builders waste without confirming it would be disposed of legally.
On Friday, 13 May 2016 documents with his address were found in one of three piles of waste dumped in separate locations close to Castle Ashby.
Cllr Phil Bignell, SNC’s deputy leader said: “In February we appealed for witnesses after 40 black bags of vegetation were found dumped in this area.
“The rules are clear. If you produce any kind of waste you are responsible for it. And if you pay some to take it away, you must be confident they will not dispose of it illegally and leave you facing a magistrate.
“It seems Northampton’s proximity to the tranquil countryside around Castle Ashby is a tempting target for rogue traders, so I would urge town residents to think carefully about who they pay to dispose of their waste.”
In a recorded interview conducted by SNC environmental enforcement officers, Gaubrey said that as part of work to replace a bathroom and heating system he had not drawn up an agreement with the tradesmen to dispose of the waste.
Later, someone arrived at the address unannounced claiming to represent JC Paving and an agreement was struck to dispose of the waste.
Gaubrey took a business card and made note of his vehicle registration number.
Checks later found that the business card was fake and the registered keeper of the vehicle stated the person who agreed to take away the waste was a traveller, was no longer in the area and that he did not have his contact details.
Anyone disposing of waste from their property must take reasonable measures to ensure the person taking it away is authorised to do so.
Authorised waste carriers must have a waste carrier’s licence and householders should ask to see it and should obtain a receipt. They should also make a note the collector’s name, telephone number and vehicle details, and be wary of individuals advertising waste collection services on social media or those ‘door knocking.’
For more information visit - http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/3933.htm or call 01327 322344 for advice.
To report a fly-tip visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/flytipping.
For information on household tips visit - http://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/waste-and-recycling.