Stotfold man fined after garden rubbish is dumped

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A man from Stotfold pleaded guilty to a duty of care offence, after waste was dumped on Stotfold Road, Caldecote at a hearing on Friday 7 December at Stevenage Magistrates Court.

Mark Brookes, aged 40, admitted his guilt at a prosecution brought before Magistrates by North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC).

Brookes had been hired to carry out some gardening work and had offered to take away the waste generated and dispose of it. He was then approached by a third party who offered to dispose of it for him; this person subsequently fly-tipped the waste.

Brookes was ordered to pay a fine of £230, a contribution of £340 towards NHDC’s prosecution costs as well as a victim surcharge of £30. The total liability came to £600.

Cllr Bernard Lovewell, NHDC’s Executive Member for Housing and Environmental Health, said: “The council takes fly-tipping very seriously and we will take appropriate action against offenders, including those who fail to give their waste to a licensed carrier. If you witness fly-tipping in progress, call 999 immediately”.

“If you have a lot of waste to dispose of this Christmas, please recycle as much as you can and be responsible by using your local Household Waste Recycling Centre for excess waste.” Financial penalties of up to £400 can be imposed for householders from next year whose waste is found fly-tipped.