Littlemore resident ordered to pay over £1,400 following a fly-tipping prosecution

Released on August 4, 2019

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South Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted a man from Littlemore, Oxford for commercial waste offences and he has been ordered to pay more than £1,400.

Grant Brown, 23, of Dudgeon Drive, Littlemore pleaded guilty at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Monday 29 July to two charges of fly-tipping, the first discovered in Henley Road, Sandford on Thames on 4 January and the second in Heyford Hill Lane, Littlemore on 7 January.

Both fly tips contained details of an address in Oxford. Officers from South Oxfordshire District Council investigated and the resident at the address said that they had contracted Oxford Cleaning Services to carry out cleaning work at their home and to remove the waste.

Grant Brown was charged under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 relating to his duty of care for waste (fly-tipping) and a further charge under Section 1 Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 for carrying waste without a licence. He was fined a total of £400 and ordered to pay costs of £656.70, compensation of £396 and a victim surcharge of £30 - a total of £1,482.

Grant Brown set up a cleaning business called Oxford Cleaning Services in January 2019.  When interviewed by the council officers, Mr Brown said that this had been his first contract. He admitted he had not ensured he had the correct paperwork in place to remove waste and dispose of it legitimately. He had passed the waste on to another person for whom he had no details and the waste was then fly-tipped in Littlemore and Sandford.

Cllr David Rouane, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “This case acts as a reminder to all businesses, whether they are well established or newly created, that they must keep records relating to the disposal of their waste and, if they intend to carry waste, they must obtain a Waste Carriers Licence from the Environment Agency.”

Vale of White Horse District Council also carried out successful prosecutions this week following fly-tips. You can read more information here. 

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