Councils collect £25,000 in fly-tip fines

Released on December 2, 2015

Fly-tipping is down across the southern half of Oxfordshire after 27 prosecutions resulting in £25,000 in fines over the past financial year.  The number of fly-tips reported to the district councils in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire in the last three years are down 20 per cent and 26 per cent respectively.

Recent prosecutions resulting in fines include the case against Alan Paterson, who made a pricey mistake when he left his waste in East Hendred.  Mr Paterson pleaded guilty to the unlawful deposit of waste under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, resulting in him being fined a total of £1,745.

Another case was against David Martin, who operated DM Rubbish Removals and was found guilty of fly-tipping under the same law when he dumped a van full of waste on Colliers Lane, Peppard Common.  He appealed after being found guilty – at the appeal the judge increased the sentence, which amounted to a total of 120 hours of unpaid work and £1450 towards prosecution costs. Mr Martin was electronically tagged for six weeks. 

A number of these fly-tippers were caught on CCTV cameras that both district councils have dotted around the south of the county.

Councillor Tony Harbour, cabinet member for the environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Our prosecutions send out a really strong message to anyone who’s thinking of fly-tipping.  It’s really not worth it, and you end up paying both financially and with a criminal record.

“Each one of our successful prosecutions should act as a deterrent – we all need to do our bit to keep our local area clean.  It’s down to all of us to make sure it stays that way.”

Councillor Roger Cox, cabinet member for the environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Fly-tipping is lazy, irresponsible, and usually ends up being very expensive.  Everyone has a duty to make sure they take personal responsibility for their waste and make sure it’s disposed of correctly.”

“These cases show that fly-tippers will get caught, and will pay the price.”