Fly-tipping surveillance pays off again
Dozens of fly-tipping hotspots across Buckinghamshire are now monitored by surveillance cameras in the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire's ongoing campaign against people who illegally dump their waste in the countryside - and this valuable enforcement tool has once again provided the evidence to bring a successful prosecution.
Nicholas John Gray, a 63-year-old man from Templewood Lane, Farnham Common, attended High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 6 September 2017, and pleaded guilty to an offence of fly-tipping.
The court was told that on 2 June 2017, Gray was filmed by a hidden camera on Thompkins Lane, Burnham, dumping two large mechanical armchairs in an isolated picturesque location on the edge of Burnham Beeches.
In mitigation Gray told the court that his mother had died recently, and he was clearing out her house in order to sell it. He explained that he used a works van to transport the chairs to the lane in Burnham.
Magistrates fined Mr Gray £861, and he was ordered to pay £885.67 - the entire costs incurred by the council - and a victim surcharge of £86. The total to pay was £1,832.67.
South Bucks District Council Cabinet Member for Environment Luisa Sullivan, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "Yet again hidden surveillance cameras have led to the identification and subsequent conviction of a Buckinghamshire resident for an antisocial, unsightly and potentially costly fly tipping offence. The county's Household Recycling Centres provide full facilities for the disposal of residents' waste - if instead you choose to dump your waste illegally, it's quite possible that you too will end up with a conviction."
The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. The Waste Partnership launched the 'Illegal Dumping Costs' campaign in November 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire. Since that date the Partnership has secured over 600 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences. On average, since April 2010, there has been at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire. This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer over the period, principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.
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