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Another Wiltshire prosecution for fly-tipping

Another Wiltshire prosecution for fly-tipping

On Friday 10 June 2016 a large quantity of waste was found dumped on a by-way off Easton Lane, Chippenham. A substantial amount of waste included a bicycle, bathtub, toilet, grass trimmings etc. Among the huge pile was a computer complete with a Hard Disk Drive (HDD). On the HDD files were found containing personal information belonging to a Brian Chamberlain of Hungerdown Lane, Chippenham.   On Wednesday 13 July 2016, Brian Chamberlain was formally interviewed under caution by a Wiltshire Council enforcement officer. During the interview Mr Chamberlain fully admitted that the waste found was his. He further stated he had been approached by two men four or five weeks previous who offered to take his waste away for £30. When asked if he had established if the two men were licensed waste carriers he said he had not. The waste which was produced by Mr Chamberlain was subsequently fly-tipped. Mr Chamberlain fully admitted what he had done was illegal. He attended Swindon Magistrates on Monday 3 October 2016 and pleaded guilty to the fly tipping offence under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990). In light of Mr Chamberlain’s guilty plea (and limited means) a fine of £80 was awarded, alongside a victim surcharge of £20 and legal fees of £200. He was keen to relay to the court that lessons had been learnt from this prosecution and he would ensure any further waste disposal would be obtained through a licensed carrier. Cllr Philip Whitehead, cabinet member for highways said, “This recent prosecution highlights that fact that members of the public or businesses should not pass their waste anyone who is not licensed. We urge all residents and businesses to carry out checks on these people including; making records of their vehicle details and where the waste is being deposited. If such checks are not made, the resident or business can be prosecuted for not complying with their duty of care regarding lawful waste management”. For more information, contact: Peter White, enforcement manager on 01380 826333 or peter.white@wiltshire.gov.uk.


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