Council crackdown on fly-tippers - Grantham man made to pay clean-up bill of £279.50

Christopher Martin was prosecuted by South Kesteven District Council and fined for fly-tipping.
Christopher Martin was prosecuted by South Kesteven District Council and fined for fly-tipping.

A fly-tipper who callously dumped mattresses and household waste on country lanes has been left with a bill for over £600 and branded “a disgrace” by a magistrate.

Christopher Martin of Clyde Court, Grantham, pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on September 30 following a prosecution by South Kesteven District Council.

Christopher Martin was prosecuted by South Kesteven District Council and fined for fly-tipping.

Christopher Martin was prosecuted by South Kesteven District Council and fined for fly-tipping.

The court heard Martin dumped the materials at Longhollow, Ropsley, on March 15 this year and then again on April 24 at Pit Lane, Great Ponton.

Bill Fraser defending told the court Martin had committed the offences because he had not realised he required a Waste Carrier’s Licence for his business.

He claimed that he was not the only person to dump rubbish in the two locations because there were other items left in the areas where he threw the waste.

Chairman of the bench George Hoyles however described Martin “a disgrace” and ordered him to pay a bill of £604.50.

This included clean up costs of £279.50, a reduced fine of £295, because of an early guilty plea and a victim surcharge of £30.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for healthy environment Coun John Smith said: “This case shows SKDC will not tolerate fly-tipping.

“Dumping waste blights the communities we live in and in this instance some beautiful country lanes that were otherwise clean and tidy.

“Anyone employing individuals or a business to collect and dispose of their rubbish must ask for a Waste Carrier’s Licence to be shown to them.

“They also need to ask where the rubbish will be disposed of. It is an offence not to check where your rubbish will be left once it leaves your premises.

“I would also urge the public to be our eyes and ears and contact our Environmental Protection team if they witness fly-tipping.

“We have a huge area to monitor and the public can make a real difference by passing on information to tackle these serious fly-tipping incidents.”