Two people fined for fly-tipping offences in East Northants

Fly-tipped waste in Gretton Brook Road

Fly-tipped waste in Gretton Brook Road

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Investigations by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) resulted in two fly-tippers being fined hundreds in court.

On September 5, Richard Johnson of Stanwick was found guilty of fly-tipping in Midland Road, Rushden.

More fly-tipped waste in Gretton Brook Road

More fly-tipped waste in Gretton Brook Road

ENC’s waste team found rubbish scattered along the street in February 2016, with evidence pointing to Mr Johnson who had allowed it to fall from an unsecured skip.

Mr Johnson had the chance to pay a fixed penalty notice for the offence, but declined, so was ordered to pay nearly £500 at Northampton Magistrate Court instead.

The next day Corby’s Laura Ramaj was ordered to pay more than £700 after she was found guilty of fly-tipping in the north of the district.

In February 2016, ENC officers found household waste and furniture dumped on the Gretton Brook Road in Deene.

Evidence lead to Ms Ramaj, who was contacted by the waste team to find out how the material came to be left at the location.

Ms Ramaj failed to return the request for information, committing a further offence, and was formally prosecuted by Northampton Magistrates Court on September 6.

ENC leader Cllr Steven North is concerned that people still think it’s acceptable to fly-tip in East Northamptonshire and beyond, and said: “Fly-tipping is completely unnecessary and costs us all.

“Not only does it blight our district, items left on the roadside could contain any number of unknown hazards to passing vehicles, pedestrians or animals.

“Our waste team works tirelessly to ensure any incidents are dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible, but it is frustrating that their time and taxpayers money is having to be spent clearing up other people’s mess.

“We hope the recent increase in on-the-spot fines will help further reduce fly-tipping.”

You can help in the fight against fly-tipping by reporting any offences online at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/flytipping or by calling 01832 742026.

To get rid of unwanted waste responsibly, visit one of Northamptonshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres, or visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/bulkywaste to find out about ENC’s bulky waste collection service.