Tackling the tippers

Big fines for fly-tippers

Three cases of fly-tipping have resulted in substantial fines after Spelthorne Borough Council took enforcement action.

Charmaine Williams of Stanwell pleaded guilty to fly-tipping on 4 September at Guildford Magistrates Court after household waste was found dumped near Stanwell Moor Road in June 2017. Williams claimed she had paid an unregistered waste carrier to remove the waste from her property and was unaware of what happened to it once it had been removed. She was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs totalling £230.

In a separate case, Claudia Santos, previously of Ashford, was found guilty of fly-tipping after failing to appear at Guildford Magistrates Court on 12 September. The Court heard that in June 2016, Council enforcement officers discovered a large amount of household waste in a car park in Stanwell (photograph attached) which they traced back to the defendant. Santos was ordered to pay a fine of £1760 plus £1856 in costs.

Finally, on 13 September, the Council issued a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice to a car sales firm after a vehicle registered to the company was captured on CCTV dumping rubbish in Sheep Walk in Shepperton.

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: "Fly-tipping is a blight on our community and a drain on Spelthorne's taxpayers so we are determined to take a firm stance when it happens. These prosecutions should act as a reminder to householders that they must use a registered waste carrier or personally take their waste to a registered site. They will be fined if their waste is fly-tipped and they are unable to show they took reasonable steps to prevent it."