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Friday, March 31, 2017

Warning to comply with legal notices or face the consequences

West Lancashire Borough Council is warning residents and businesses they must comply with legal notices requiring them to give the authority information after a businessman was prosecuted in a relation to a fly tipping incident.

Mark McLaughlin, of St Helens Road, Prescot, was fined £230 and ordered to pay £400.54 costs and a £30 victim surcharge at Wigan Magistrates Court for offences contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The court heard that construction waste fly-tipped on Sandy Lane, Rufford, in August 2016 was traced back to a former nightclub in Liverpool city centre.

Council staff spoke to the building owners and they provided the details of Mark McLaughlin as the person responsible for removing the waste from their business.

Mr McLaughlin in turn stated that he believed he knew who was responsible for removing this waste but did not provide details to the authority.

The Council served a notice on Mr McLaughlin requiring him to provide full contact details for the person who removed this waste. As Mr McLaughlin failed to comply with this notice, legal proceedings were taken against him as he had prevented the Council from fully investigating the fly-tipping incident.

Dave Tilleray, who heads up the Environmental Health Team, said: “This person was prosecuted for failing to give the Council information that could have assisted us in bringing a fly tipper to justice. This prosecution sends out a clear message that if the Council serves on you a legal notice, you must comply with it, or face the consequences.”

Problems with fly-tipping can be reported 24 hours a day at flytipping. You can also report problems with litter or fly-tipping by calling 01695 577177 between 8.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

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