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Chatham man slammed with £2,700 court bill for dumping rubbish
A Chatham man who earned £100 for collecting waste for disposal,
must now pay more than £2,700 for dumping it on a council housing
Scott Ryan, 25, of Hopewell Drive, Chatham, fly-tipped property
renovation waste including a large rolled up carpet, in St Alban’s
Close, Gillingham on 19 December 2013.
Following an extensive investigation spanning three years,
Medway Council’s enforcement team tracked him down and took the
case to court.
Thanks to an unopened letter found in the large rubbish pile
dumped in a busy residential area, officers quickly had a strong
line of inquiry which led them to a property in Richmond Road,
It was found to be a commercial premises undergoing building
work, and following conversations with the site manager it was
established that a local man, whose name was unknown, had collected
waste from the address. He had claimed to have a waste carriers
license allowing him to collect and transport waste for payment.
Remnants of items similar to those dumped, such as sawdust and
rubble, could be seen on the pavement outside, where not all of the
waste had been collected.
Shortly after, Ryan was identified on CCTV and officers paid a
visit to his home in Gillingham, where he was living at the time of
the offence, at which point he was cooperative in confirming his
name. Despite this initial compliance, it was a struggle to get
hold of him again and he did not turn up to scheduled interviews
about the fly-tipping incident.
The case was heard in his absence at Medway Magistrates’ Court
on Wednesday, 25 January, where the bench found him guilty of
fly-tipping (section 33) and failing to ensure waste was disposed
of correctly (section 34) under the Environmental Protection Act
1990. Ryan was fined of £1,000 and must also pay a victim surcharge
of £100 and costs of £1,644.65.
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in charge of Enforcement Cllr
Jane Chitty said: "This young man earned £100 take dispose of the
rubbish and now because of his irresponsible actions he must pay 27
times that amount. What makes this case even more concerning is
that the waste was dumped in a busy residential area, where there
are families with young children who could hurt themselves on the
"I’d urge anyone hiring someone to dispose of waste, to ask to
see their licence and question them about disposal methods before
going ahead. "Fly-tipping is not acceptable and anyone found to be
dumping rubbish in Medway will be prosecuted."