Builder who fly-tipped plaster and concrete in Hitchin must pay £1,300

PUBLISHED: 06:57 07 March 2018

Some of the rubbish fly-tipped by Paul Thompson in Hitchin's Bury Mead Road. Picture: NHDC

Some of the rubbish fly-tipped by Paul Thompson in Hitchin's Bury Mead Road. Picture: NHDC

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A builder who was caught fly-tipping hardened plaster and concrete rubble in Hitchin has been hit with a bill for more than £1,300.

Paul Thompson, of Meadow Way in Codicote, dumped the bags of plaster, concrete and other rubbish on land at Bury Mead Road on May 9 last year.

The 60-year-old pleaded guilty to fly-tipping when he appeared before Stevenage magistrates on Friday, and was ordered to pay a £333 fine, £33.33 surcharge and the North Herts District Council’s costs of £946.91 – a total of £1,312.91.

The prosecution came about after two witnesses to the fly-tipping contacted North Herts District Council’s environmental crime officers.

Pictures they provided meant they were able to trace the fly-tipping back to Thompson, tracing his vehicle via DVLA records to his former address in Hitchin.

The district council said that when contacted, Thompson failed to respond to correspondence – eventually leading the council to bring legal proceedings against him.

Magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to attend a court hearing. He subsequently surrendered voluntarily.

Councillor Bernard Lovewell, responsible for environmental health at the district council, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious crime which blights neighbourhoods and businesses. This council does not take flytipping lightly and will prosecute where necessary.

“We are very pleased with this verdict and hope it will serve as a deterrent to any would-be fly tippers.

“We urge residents to always check when they employ tradespeople that any waste produced as a result is disposed of appropriately and that those offering waste removal services have an appropriate licence to do so.”

If you’re looking to dispose of waste, the council advises asking the waste carrier to provide a full address and phone number, asking to see a waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency, or contacting the Environment Agency directly on 08707 506 5406 or gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency.

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