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Swale Borough Council brings fly-tipping prosecution

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Monday 11 March, 2019.

A man from Sittingbourne is over £1,300 out of pocket after pleading guilty to fly-tipping controlled waste. 

Mr William Jones of Meads Avenue, Quinton, Sittingbourne pleaded guilty in person to disposing of waste, on or around the 29 June 2017 at Provender Lane, Norton, which is a rural location of natural beauty in the Kent countryside. 

Swale Borough Council brought the prosecution at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 5 March. 

The waste consisted of Construction and Demolition Waste, loft insulation, black sacks of household waste, cardboard and debris.

Fly tipping in Norton

Fly tipped waste in Norton

Evidence found within the waste led Swale Borough Council to a residence. 

The householder fully cooperated and was able to demonstrate who had removed her waste. This allowed the council to target the fly tipper. 

The court sentenced Mr Jones to a £330 fine, a victim surcharge of £33 and costs of a £1,000 totalling £1,363.00. 

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for the environment said:

“We are resolute in doing everything in our power to pursue those who fly-tip in Swale, and take the necessary legal action against them. Residents should not have to see other people’s rubbish being left around Swale and by cracking down hard on perpetrators, we are delivering a cleaner environment for our residents. 

In addition, I would like to thank the householder who co-operated. Everyone has a duty of care to make sure they know who takes their waste away and they should check that they have the appropriate license to do so.”

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