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Enough is Enough!

Posted on : 08 Feb 2018

Enough is Enough!
Council reinforces tough stance against environmental crime with latest prosecution
A Newbridge resident has been taken to court and fined for allowing the illegal tipping of domestic waste – the latest in a string of recent prosecutions against individuals for environmental crime offences.
 
Annamarie Jones, of Oak Tree Court, Pantside, Newbridge was taken to court by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Environmental Health team for an offence contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The offence related to her ‘failure to take all reasonable measures to ensure that domestic waste produced at her property was disposed of in the correct and proper manner’.
 
The waste was passed to an unknown person by Jones and subsequently illegally disposed of on land at Pant-Yr-Resk Road, Mynyddislwyn in May 2017.
 
The case was heard on 5th February 2018 at Cwmbran Magistrates Court. Ms Jones attended court and pleaded guilty to the offence. She was sentenced to a conditional discharge for a period of 12 months and ordered to pay £156.40 compensation for the cost of the clean-up and £100 towards prosecution costs, payable at a rate of £10 per fortnight.
 
This action is the latest that Caerphilly County Borough Council has taken in its fight against environmental crime, and the Environmental Health team are keen to emphasise to the small minority of people who feel it is acceptable to commit such crimes that ‘Enough is Enough’.  
 
Cllr Eluned Stenner, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection said, “Fly-tipping is a serious environmental crime, which has a real detrimental impact on our countryside. Thankfully it’s a relatively small minority of people who offend in their way, but our team are extremely proactive and will investigate incidents and look to secure prosecutions against those offending individuals wherever possible”.

The council is keen to remind residents and businesses that instances of fly-tipping are fully investigated, and have led to a number of successful prosecutions such as this one. All residents and businesses have a legal responsibility to ensure that household and commercial waste is disposed of in a legal and proper manner. Offenders of fly-tipping can face fines of up to £50,000 and/or imprisonment.
 
Later this month the council’s Cabinet will also be asked to consider a proposal to increase the level of fixed penalty fine issued for fly-tipping in the county borough to £400.

Residents asking someone to remove their waste as part of a job should ensure that they are a registered waste carrier. Ask to see their certificate, or alternatively check with Natural Resources Wales by visiting www.naturalresources.wales or by calling their helpline: 03000 653000. In addition, residents should ensure they are given a duty of care transfer note so they know that the waste is being disposed of legally.
 
To report an instance of fly-tipping to Caerphilly County Borough Council, please call 01443 866566 or visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk


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