COURT: Weston man fined for fly-tipping
By Prue_Reid | Monday, November 19, 2012, 11:39
A Weston-super-Mare man has been fined more than £1,400 after pleading guilty to fly tipping.
Dumping rubbish in the countryside is illegal
Christian Holmes, of Caister Close, Weston pleaded guilty to two offences at North Somerset Magistrates' Court on Thursday, November 8.
The court was told that on March 7 this year, North Somerset Council received a report from a member of the public of fly-tipping off Silvermoor Lane, Banwell.
The rubbish was removed by council contractors.
Enquiries led to a letting agency who confirmed to council investigators that they had used Mr Holmes to clear furniture and personal belongings from a flat at 133 High Street, on the same day the fly tipping in Silvermoor lane had been reported.
CCTV footage of the road outside 133 High Street, Weston-super-Mare was viewed and showed a Citroen C4 being loaded with rubbish.
A photograph was printed off of the vehicle on the Boulevard with the mattress strapped to its roof.
On March 19 2012, a council officer found further waste dumped in Silvermoor Lane.
An interview with a letting agent found that Mr Holmes was paid cash on four occasions to clear properties for 4 Let including 133 High Street, Weston-super-Mare.
A printout of a Facebook conversation where the works had been arranged was also produced.
On March 26 2012, Mr Holmes admitted to council staff that he was not a registered waste carrier and admitted offering to clear waste via his Facebook Burt's Business Page.
He admitted doing a number of jobs for 4 Let and admitted dumping the waste from 133 High Street, Weston-super-Mare at Silvermoor Lane, Banwell.
He also admitted to owning vehicle YK08 XLF, which was the Citroen C4 seen on CCTV footage outside 133 High Street.
He admitted to using this for transporting waste.
North Somerset magistrates imposed the £1,430 fine which consisted of £700 for depositing waste, £300 for the incorrect disposal of waste, £400 prosecution costs and £30 in victim surcharges.
North Somerset Council executive member with responsibility for environmental protection Peter Bryant, a Weston councillor, said that dealing with fly tipping cost the council approximately £70,000 last year.
"The council will not tolerate this anti-social practice as we are committed to making North Somerset a cleaner and greener place.
"If you fly tip we will make every effort to track you down. We will not tolerate this disgraceful behaviour that spoils our beautiful area and drains tax payers' money.
"If people witness fly tipping they don't have to intervene but they can provide us with as much detail as possible.
"We can then use this to investigate. Incidents can be reported by telephoning the council on 01934 888802."