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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Action on fly-tipping offences

West Lancashire Borough Council has taken successful legal action following reports of two cases of rubbish being illegally dumped in the area.

At Ormskirk Magistrates Court on Monday 29 February Matthew Vanenburg, of Ivydale, Birch Green, Skelmersdale, pleaded guilty to depositing 24 bin bags of household waste outside the former Plough Inn, Church Street, Ormskirk. He also pleaded guilty to failing to provide waste transfer notes as required to under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The court heard that Mr Vanenburg had removed this waste from the Manchester area in February 2015. Mr Vanenburg was sentenced to a community order of 40 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £400 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

In a separate case at Ormskirk Magistrates Court on 29 February, Martin Doherty was found guilty in his absence of transferring waste to an unlicensed person. A large amount of waste was reported to the council as being flytipped at the side of White Moss Road South, Skelmersdale. Mr Doherty admitted in an interview that some of the waste was his. The waste included bin bags of household waste, clothing, a fridge and some builders’ waste.

The Court heard that Mr Doherty, of High Street, Skelmersdale, had paid some people £60 to remove this waste. Mr Doherty failed to get a receipt for this and failed to get a waste transfer note from the person who dumped the waste. Mr Doherty was fined £660 by the court, and ordered to pay £374.29 costs and a £66 victim surcharge.

The Council would like to remind all householders that they need to make sure any waste that they had removed is disposed of legally. Anyone removing waste as part of a business must have a waste carrier’s licence and give waste transfer notes to whomever they take waste from. Householders can check if anyone who removes waste from them has a waste carrier’s licence by contacting the Environment Agency.

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety, said: “The message from these convictions is clear. West Lancashire Borough Council takes a hard line approach to fly tipping and its Environmental Enforcement Team is committed to taking action against offenders wherever possible.”

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