hiya bucks says … keep Buckinghamshire beautiful and report flytipping
In Buckinghamshire fly tippers are 16 times more likely to be successfully prosecuted than in England as a whole. Recently, John Paul Abbs, 41, of Beech Green in Aylesbury, pleaded guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court to an offence of dumping waste illegally.
The court heard that on the afternoon of 29th June 2018 two sacks of solidified cement were found dumped. A Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire surveillance camera in the location recorded waste being dumped from a silver Ford Fiesta. A man was seen to take two sacks of solidified cement mix waste from the vehicle and throw them into the undergrowth on the far side of the vehicle.
Having been traced, Mr Abbs voluntarily attended New County Offices, Aylesbury, on 26th July for a visually-recorded interview with the enforcement officers from Buckinghamshire County Council. Mr Abbs fully admitted depositing the cement, though he claimed that he had intended to return and remove it from the roadside, but forgot to do so. Aylesbury Vale District Council cleared the waste cement away four days later at a cost to the taxpayer.
The Magistrates fined Mr Abbs £466, and ordered him to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £768. A victim surcharge of £46 was also levied – making a total to pay of £1280.
Aylesbury Vale District Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure Paul Irwin, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said:
“It seems incredible that someone would risk fines, costs and a criminal record when their waste could have been disposed of easily at the local household recycling centre. This case is an excellent example of how our network of surveillance cameras catches out people who are prepared to engage in such antisocial behaviour.”
The Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire launched its SCRAP Flytipping campaign in August 2018, which urges anyone- individuals or businesses- to ensure that they act on their legal duty of care to ensure that anyone who takes their waste away is registered and bona fide.
Illegal dumping can be reported at www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk