Stotfold woman ordered to pay £350 fine for failing to prevent her waste being fly-tipped

Councillor Bernard Lovewell from North Herts District Council has said fly-tipping can be a real pro

Councillor Bernard Lovewell from North Herts District Council has said fly-tipping can be a real problem in the area. - Credit: Archant

A woman from Stotfold has been fined hundreds of pounds by magistrates for fly-tipping, even though she didn’t dispose of the waste personally.

Lisa Titmus, 24, of Hallworth Drive, pleaded guilty at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Friday to not taking reasonable steps to prevent her waste from being fly-tipped illegally in January 2013.

She did not dispose of the waste herself, but bags containing cardboard boxes and packaging, Christmas waste and general domestic household type waste from her house were found dumped in Radwell.

The prosecution was brought by North Hertfordshire District Council and magistrates decided to imposed a fine of £110, ordered her to pay further costs of a £20 victim surcharge and £250 towards the council‘s legal fees.

Councillor Bernard Lovewell, who is responsible for environmental matters at the council, said: “Fly-tipping can be a real problem in our area. It ruins the environment and there are financial implications for clearing it up which affects the council taxpayer.

“We encourage residents to make sure that their waste is disposed of appropriately and it is their legal obligation to check that the person who handles their waste is authorised to take it. Any contractors they may use for building works or gardening should have a permit issued by the Environment Agency.

“We hope this prosecution sends out a message that anyone can be found guilty of fly-tipping if they have not taken steps to ensure their waste is properly disposed of, even if it is someone else removing it for them.”

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To check that someone is authorised to remove waste you can call the Environment Agency on 03708 506506.

If you are aware of fly-tipping in the area, please call waste contractors Veolia on 0800 3286023. If you witness fly-tipping in progress please call 999. You can find out more information on how to dispose of waste legally by searching ‘bulky waste’ on www.north-herts.gov.uk.