A COMBINED fine of more than £3,000 will have to be paid by two companies and a driver who pleaded guilty to fly-tipping.
Burntwood Road Sweepers, Paul Whiting Ltd and the driver of a road sweeping vehicle all pleaded guilty to the offence after dumping rubbish in Bedworth.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s Enviro Enforcement Team have been building a case for the past year and justice has finally been served.
A complaint was made to the council by a vigilant Bedworth resident who spotted waste, which was a mixture of road sweepings and water, being dumped at the corner of Sephton Drive and Stockley Road back in February of last year.
The sweepings had been picked up from Sinclair Drive, which is an unadopted road.
Burntwood Road Sweepers, Paul Whiting Ltd and the driver of the vehicle that tipped the waste all pleaded guilty to the charges.
The combined fines and costs that they were ordered to pay by magistrates was more than £3,000.
Councillor Neil Phillips, cabinet member for health and environment at the borough council, said: “Flytipping is a major concern for residents across the borough and will not be tolerated.
“The Enviro Enforcement Team, with the help of vigilant residents are working hard to stop this anti social activity.
“There is no excuse for dumping any kind of rubbish and fly-tippers will be prosecuted if caught.”
Fly-tipping hits the Council Taxpayers in the pocket every year as it costs a significant amount to clear.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council investigates all reports of flytipping.
This is done under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Now other individuals and companies are being warned that they will be prosecuted when they are caught and the offence carries a maximum fine of £50,000 and/or imprisonment.
For further information on flytipping, to report an incident or advice on how to dispose of waste correctly visit www.nuneatonandbedworth .gov.uk or contact Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council on the Enviro Action Line 024 7637 6170.