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Fly-tipper counts the cost of repeatedly dumping near home

December 5, 2019 12:01 PM
In F&HDC website https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/news/flytipper-prosecuted-for-dumping-near-home
Originally published by Tim Prater | Councillor for Sandgate & West Folkestone, Sandgate Village, Harvey West & Hythe East

Rubbish bags / bin bagsFolkestone and Hythe District Council will prosecute those they find flytipping in the area. Flytipping includes those that leave household waste in bags or even street litter bins near their household.

A resident who repeatedly dumped household waste less than 100 metres from her Folkestone home has received a hefty fine.

Samantha Beazley discarded black sacks and other rubbish in two locations near her Darby Road property last February, September and December.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) investigated each incident after concerns were raised by two members of the public.

The accused failed to respond to eight separate letters and notices offering her an opportunity to provide a defence, but denied any involvement in the fly-tipping at a preliminary hearing in May 2019.

She did not attend the full Folkestone Magistrates' Court hearing on 18 November, but was successfully prosecuted by F&HDC under the Environment Protection Act 1990 in her absence and fined £300 for each offence.

Ms Beazley was also ordered to pay £760 costs and a £30 victim surcharge - bringing the total bill for her actions to £1,690.

A Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) spokesperson said:

"This type of inconsiderate behaviour creates health and safety issues, and spoils our beautiful district for everyone. Fly-tipping is a criminal offence. In this case, the resident continued to offend even after we had written to her about the first incident. If you find dumped waste on public property, please report it to us - we'll arrange for it to be picked up and try to prosecute those responsible."

To report issues in the district - including fly-tipping - visit folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/report-a-problem