CCTV helping council win flytipping war
Hidden surveillance giving the upper hand to county at hotspots
An ongoing campaign against people who illegally flytip has seen another success after a 63-year-old from Farnham Common was caught dumping waste earlier this year.
Nicholas John Gray, from Templewood Lane, was filmed by a hidden camera, in Thompkins Lane, Burnham, dumping two large mechanical armchairs.
They were left in an isolated picturesque location on the edge of Burnham Beeches on June 2.
Gray told the court his mother had died recently and he was clearing out her house to sell it and said he used a works van to move the chairs.
He pleaded guilty to an offence of flytipping at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on September 6.
Magistrates fined him £861 and he was ordered to pay £885.67 – the entire costs incurred by the council – and a victim surcharge of £86. The total to pay was £1,832.67.
South Bucks District Council cabinet member for environment Luisa Sullivan, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: “Yet again hidden surveil- lance cameras have led to the identification and subsequent conviction of a Buckinghamshire resident for an antisocial, unsightly and potentially costly fly tipping offence.
“The county’s household recycling centres provide full facilities for the disposal of residents’ waste – if instead you choose to dump your waste illegally, it’s quite possible that you too will end up with a conviction.”
The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council, working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
The Waste Partnership launched the ‘Illegal Dumping Costs’ campaign in November 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire.
Since that date, the partnership has secured more than 600 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences.
On average, since April 2010, there has been at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire.
This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a significant saving to the taxpayer over the period, principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.
If you see any dumped waste, report it as soon as possible online at http:// old.buckscc.gov.uk/fly.