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Friday, 27 July 2012 (3029061)
£1,000 penalty 'sends message to fly-tippers'
by David Simister

A FLY-TIPPER who dumped more than a tonne of rubbish in the West Lancashire countryside has been fined more than £1,000.

George Kent, of Pool Hey Lane, Scarisbrick, pleaded guilty at Ormskirk Magistrates Court to leaving the heap of builder's rubbish, including wood, rubble and plumbing materials on land next to Wyke Lane.

Street scene enforcement officers from the borough council said Kent, who runs Pinewood Tree Services, the company contracted by a Liverpool restaurant to dispose of the waste, had dumped enough rubbish at the site “to fill a transit van”.

Councillor David Sudworth, cabinet memebr for health, leisure and community safety, said: “This sends out a clear message that anyone thinking of fly-tipping in West Lancashire should think again. We will not tolerate fly-tipping - be warned that we will search through any rubbish that is dumped and do everything we can to track down the culprit.

”This act created an eyesore in the countryside and it has ended with a hefty fine. I congratulate the street scene enforcement officers who tracked him down and brought him to court. One of the council's priorities is improving the local environment and this case demonstrates our commitment and determination to do that.“

The waste was originally traced to a restaurant based in Liverpool city centre, but the council said the eaterie's owners had paid Pinewood £420 to dispose of the rubbish.

Kent admitted at the court hearing that he did not want to pay to tip the rubbish at a waste disposal site and so had dumped it. He told the council officers that he assumed that a farmer would collect it from the site and dispose of it for him.

Kent pleaded guilty at Ormskirk Magistrates Court to an offence under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. In addition tothe fine, he was ordered to pay £250 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Anyone wishing to report fly-tipping can do so via the Council’s website or by calling the Council on 01695 577177.


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