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Plumber's fly tipping excuses don't wash with courts

Published: Friday, 21st February 2020

A builder whose waste was dumped in a country lane in Shoreham was order to pay £1,130 at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ on Friday 21 February 2020.

A builder whose waste was dumped in a country lane in Shoreham was order to pay £1,130 at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ court today (Friday 21 February 2020).

33-year old David Sanderson of 84 Alexander Road, Ashford, Middlesex pleaded guilty to failing to dispose of controlled waste legally and failing to obtain waste transfer documentation.

Sanderson was a subcontractor on a project refurbishing a bathroom at a property in Cramptons Road, Sevenoaks in December 2018. The work produced a substantial amount of plumbing and builders’ waste including a bath, a door, rubble, furnishings and paperwork.

On 11 December 2018, all of this waste was found dumped in Castle Farm Road in Shoreham (Kent), an area of outstanding natural beauty, blocking the road.

Sevenoaks District Council’s fly-tipping investigation team were able to trace the dumped waste back to the property in Cramptons Road and Sanderson who had been working at the site. The Council also removed the rubbish.

Sanderson claimed he paid a ‘man in a transit style tipper van’ £180 to take the waste. He admitted he did not check the driver was licensed to dispose of waste, nor did he obtain a waste transfer notice.

Sanderson was asked on several occasions to attend interviews with the Council’s fly-tipping investigation team to discuss the incident, but he made various excuses not to attend.

At court, Sanderon was handed a £800 fine and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £250 and a Victim Surcharge of £80.

Cllr Margot McArthur, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner and Greener, says: “Dumping waste in county lanes is terrible for our environment, an inconvenience to drivers and costs taxpayers’ money in removal costs. Our residents do not accept the actions of a selfish minority who are prepared to blight our District to save a few pounds.

“We have promised to protect our local environment and, as with all fly-tipping cases, we will take the necessary action to bring offenders to justice when we have the evidence.”

“This is a lesson for anyone whether a builder or a homeowner. If you don’t make proper checks or obtain a waste transfer note when you pay someone to remove your waste, which ends up fly-tipped, you risk prosecution.”

Householders and businesses can help prevent fly tipping by ensuring their waste is removed by a licensed waste carrier. They can find this out on the Environment Agency website or by calling 08708 506506 for free.

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