Car park fly-tip­per or­dered to pay £340

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A Skelmersdale man was told he must pay £340 af­ter dump­ing mat­tresses and house­hold waste in a car park.

Phillip Rough­ley, of Elm­stead, Tan­house, ad­ver­tised a waste re­moval ser­vice called Lift & Shift on Face­book and had been paid to clear the rub­bish by an­other Skelmersdale res­i­dent.

A com­plaint was soon made to West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil that waste, which also in­cluded card­board pack­ag­ing and a vac­uum cleaner, had been dumped at the Abbey Lakes car park in Up Hol­land. Of­fi­cers then traced it back to the res­i­dent’s ad­dress. Rough­ley was then in­vited to at­tend an in­ter­view and served with a le­gal no­tice or­der­ing him to ex­plain how this waste was found to be tipped.

But he failed to re­spond to the no­tice and was pros­e­cuted for not pro­vid­ing the in­for­ma­tion re­quested by the coun­cil.

At Wi­gan and Leigh Mag­is­trates’ Court, Rough­ley ad­mit­ted fly­tip­ping and was or­dered to pay a fine of £110, a vic­tim sur­charge of £30 and a con­tri­bu­tion of £200 to­ward the coun­cil’s le­gal costs.

The coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for health and com­mu­nity safety, Cllr Kevin Wright, said: “The coun­cil is am­bi­tious for West Lan­cashire to have a good qual­ity and clean en­vi­ron­ment, fly-tip­ping is an of­fence and we will con­tinue to crack down on those that fly-tip and de­posit lit­ter to pro­tect the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.”

Af­ter the pros­e­cu­tion, the coun­cil re­peated a warn­ing to house­hold­ers that it is their re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure that if they are hav­ing waste re­moved it is by an au­tho­rised waste car­rier and that it is dis­posed of cor­rectly.

Mat­tresses, a vac­uum cleaner and house­hold waste were found dumped in the car park

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