22nd December 2016
By Graham Smith
A Truro man has been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £1,000 for fly-tipping at Illogan.
Darren Longar, aged 36, pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court to being in a position to control the use of a vehicle with regards to fly-tipping in a country lane at Illogan in March 2016.
He was ordered to pay costs in full along with a fine and a victim surcharge totalling £1,149.70. Truro Magistrates stated “Fly tipping is a serious offence and one that the court takes very seriously.”
The area in Illogan was known to Cornwall Council Community Protection Officers as a local fly-tipping ‘hot spot’ and was being monitored. There is an offence relating to the unlawful deposit of waste from a motor vehicle whereby the person who controls or is in a position to control the vehicle shall be treated as knowingly causing the waste to be deposited whether or not he or she gave any instructions for this to be done.
The Parish Council reported the fly-tip to Community Protection Officers, after they recognised the area was being used as a dumping ground with waste being cleared on a weekly basis. Cornwall Council receive around 4000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year. The cost of collecting and disposing of the fly-tipped waste costs tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.
Lynn Carter from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection service said: “Cornwall Council continues to work hard to tackle issues of fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but costs the Council thousands of pounds each year to clear up the mess. We will continue to respond, investigate and, where evidence is found, we will take the appropriate enforcement action. We are pleased that the court’s comments in summing up supported Public Protection in tackling fly tipping and the level of fine and awarding full costs reinforced this message.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “This decision sends out a clear message that Cornwall Council will do everything possible to challenge fly-tipping and when taken to court this irresponsible action can prove extremely costly. It is also important that people paying contractors to dispose of waste undertake the necessary checks to ensure that the contractor is permitted to transport the waste and that the contractor provides the customer with waste transfer notes to ensure that their legal duties are complete.”
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