Fly spill fines imposed across North Northamptonshire

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Trash, recycling and street cleaning

September 22, 2022

A business owner has been fined a total of £1,340 after being run over on private land in Irthlingborough and evidence has been found by the North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) waste team.

At Northampton Magistrates Court in August 2022, Mr Phillips was found guilty of a breach of duty of care for failing to properly dispose of his waste.

As the waste was dumped on private land, it was the landowner’s responsibility to ensure the landfills were removed at their own expense, but NNC and the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Office stepped in and helped waste removal through a program to help landowners with the costs.

Under this scheme, farmers and other private landowners can apply through their local council for a grant from the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to cover the cost of waste removal flying tip and putting in place preventive measures to make the land less vulnerable to tippers in the future.

A gate has also been installed at the entrance to the land to prevent unauthorized access and to prevent illegal dumping in the future. The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner contributed £1,500 for the gate and rubbish removal.

Fly tipping is irresponsible and has an extremely negative impact on our region and our residents, not to mention the cost to property owners of cleaning up the dumped waste.

The cost of clearing illegal dumps on public lands is borne by the taxpayer, which is frustrating enough for residents. But when left on private land, the owner must bear the cost of its removal. So, I’m glad we were able to work with the OPFCC to help, and a solution has been found so that another incident like this won’t happen again on this particular earth.

Cllr Graham Lawman, Executive Board Member for Highways, Travel and Assets

Fly dumping is an offense and is taken seriously in Northamptonshire, as this latest conviction shows. It is also extremely damaging to the environment, a fire hazard and can be expensive to dispose of. I am committed to addressing this issue and establishing a grant program for private landowners to apply for financial support to remove fly-bearing waste and install deterrents to make their land less vulnerable.

We are happy to work with partner organizations to end this anti-social behavior and ensure that the perpetrators are prosecuted. There is no excuse for fly tipping as there are provisions in the county where trash can be taken away whether you are an individual or a business.

Stephen Mould, Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

In a separate incident, a local business in Coffee Tavern Lane, Rushden had numerous bags of rubbish, a fish tank and cardboard left behind from their commercial bin in June 2021. Again evidence was uncovered by officers which led to an individual, who was fined a total of £949.50 for a duty of care breach.

Unfortunately, we have seen several cases of fly spills in North Northamptonshire over the past few months resulting in significant prosecutions and fines. We have a zero tolerance policy on fly tipping and although this is a last resort for officers we will refer cases to court if necessary.Cllr Jason Smithers, Head of Council

To get rid of your waste responsibly, go to one of the waste collection centers (commonly called “councils”) in the territory or find out about the bulky waste collection services in your area.

Fly tipping in North Northamptonshire can be reported online via the NNC website.

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