CCTV help­ing coun­cil win fly­tip­ping war

Hid­den sur­veil­lance giv­ing the up­per hand to county at hotspots

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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.

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