Man to pay up £2k for ‘de­spi­ca­ble’ fly-tip­ping

Dumped waste had com­pletely blocked lane, court was told

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert

A MAN has been made to pay more than £2,000 for ‘truly de­spi­ca­ble’ fly­tip­ping in Chal­font St Pe­ter.

Ge­of­frey John Bar­low, 62, Malvern Av­enue, Har­row, pleaded guilty at Wy­combe Mag­is­trates’ Court on July 20 to an of­fence of fail­ing in his duty of care as a house­holder re­gard­ing waste which was later found dumped il­le­gally.

Mag­is­trates fined Bar­low £1,775, and or­dered cleanup and pros­e­cu­tion costs to be paid in the sum of £425. A vic­tim sur­charge of £170 was also levied – mak­ing a to­tal to pay of £2,370.

The court heard that on Fe­bru­ary 12 in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Waste Part­ner­ship for Buck­ing­hamshire found dumped waste that was com­pletely block­ing Shire Lane, Chal­font St Pe­ter.

The dumped waste was pho­tographed and ex­am­ined for ev­i­dence of where it came from and de­tails found within led the in­ves­ti­ga­tors to speak to Mr Bar­low.

When in­ter­viewed at a po­lice sta­tion, Bar­low de­nied dump­ing the waste. He con­firmed that part of the dumped ma­te­rial was his own house­hold waste, which he said had been car­ried away by a ‘ man with a van’ type.

He said he had paid the man to re­move and dis­pose of waste which had been tem­po­rar­ily stored out­side his house.

He ad­mit­ted that he made no checks to see if the man was autho­rised to re­move the waste and had no in­for­ma­tion as to the man’s iden­tify and took no ac­tion to de­ter the waste car­rier from dump­ing the waste il­le­gally.

Mike Smith, chair­man of the Joint Waste Part­ner­ship for Buck­ing­hamshire, said: “Oc­ca­sion­ally we en­counter truly de­spi­ca­ble, dan­ger­ous dump­ing like this.

“The point here is that Mr Bar­low could have helped pre­vent the waste from be­ing dumped il­le­gally if he had prop­erly checked out the waste car­rier’s cre­den­tials. If the waste car­rier had known that Mr Bar­low could iden­tify him it is much less likely that the waste would have been fly-tipped.

“We are all re­spon­si­ble for what hap­pens to our waste – if you make no checks on the waste car­rier then any­thing can hap­pen to the rub­bish and you may well be held re­spon­si­ble if it is found il­le­gally dumped.”

‘Dan­ger­ous’: The rub­bish in Shire Lane, Chal­font St Pe­ter

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