Man to pay up £2k for ‘despicable’ fly-tipping
Dumped waste had completely blocked lane, court was told
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