Five are fined in clam­p­down on fly-tip­ping

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA CURRY

A MID­DLE­TON woman has been pros­e­cuted in a ma­jor crackdown on flytip­ping by Rochdale coun­cil.

Saman­tha Walsh, aged 23, of New­lands Walk, was one of five peo­ple fined in un­re­lated cases over dumped rub­bish.

Walsh pleaded guilty to breach­ing her duty of care in re­spects to waste, con­trary to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act 1990.

A coun­cil spokesman said she claimed that she had paid some­one to re­move rub­bish from her home, but the refuse was later found fly-tipped.

She did not pro­vide any de­tails of the peo­ple she claimed to have em­ployed to dis­pose of the waste.

At Manch­ester and Sal­ford Mag­is­tates’ Court, Walsh was fined £40 and or­dered to pay £200 costs and a £30 vic­tim sur­charge in re­la­tion to waste dumped on Wyth­burn Road, Mid­dle­ton.

Since Jan­uary, Rochdale coun­cil has pros­e­cuted 22 peo­ple for en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes, lead­ing to fi­nan­cial penal­ties of al­most £9,000.

A fur­ther 14 peo­ple are due in court soon and 11 other cases are be­ing pre­pared.

Coun Neil Em­mott, cab­i­net mem­ber for neigh­bour­hoods, said: “We will pur­sue fly-tip­pers, peo­ple who pay to have waste re­moved with­out proper checks and lit­ter louts wher­ever and how­ever we can.

“Most peo­ple are re­spon­si­ble and care about their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, so they should not have to put up with it be­ing spoiled by peo­ple who do not dis­pose of their waste re­spon­si­bly.

“There are many le­git­i­mate and easy ways to get rid of waste so there is never an ex­cuse for it be­ing dumped in the streets or our beau­ti­ful coun­try­side.”

Also fined as part of the same crackdown in which Walsh was pros­e­cuted was Ju­nior Obeng, aged 39, of Part­ing­ton Street, Castle­ton. He was or­dered to pay a £440 fine, costs of £350 and a vic­tim sur­charge of £44 over waste found fly­tipped at Chad­wick Lane, Rochdale.

Mehnaz Tariq, 41, of Heys Street, Rochdale, was or­dered to pay £80 com­pen­sa­tion and £100 costs af­ter waste linked to her was found to the rear of Park Road, Rochdale. In re­gards to waste dumped on Mi­nor Street, Heywood, Tanya Stanisauskis, 32, of Hill­crest Road, Rochdale, was fined £195 and or­dered to pay costs of £385 and a vic­tim sur­charge of £30.

Emily Roberts, 21, now of Elm Grove, War­dle, but for­merly of Howard Street, Rochdale, was fined £40 and or­dered to pay costs of £120 and a vic­tim sur­charge of £30 in re­la­tion to waste which was found dumped in Howard Street, Rochdale.

They all pleaded guilty to the same charge as Walsh.

The rub­bish fly-tipped on Wyth­burn Road, Mid­dle­ton

Coun Neil Em­mott

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