Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2018

A man has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after failing to co-operate with a fly-tipping investigation.

Ashley Dodd, 22, of Harple Lane, Maidstone, pleaded not guilty to failing to comply with a notice pursuant to section 108 of the Environment Act 1995 on 29 January, but failed to attend Medway Magistrates Court on 26 April and the case was proved in his absence.

On Friday, 7 July 2017 Medway Council were informed of a fly tipping incident on the A228 near Halling which was witnessed by a member of public. A number of black refuse bags were seen being thrown from the back of a blue Ford Transit van into a lay-by near the entrance of Elm Haven Marina, Rochester Road, Halling.

A council investigation identified Dodd as the owner of the vehicle and he was sent a letter inviting him to contact the council to organise an interview about the incident. Dodd ignored the letter and was sent a notice asking him to answer four questions about the fly-tipped waste. He did not reply and was summonsed to court.

Magistrates fined Dodd £500 and ordered him to pay £750 court costs. He was also ordered to pay a £50 victim surcharge.

‘Fly-tipping is unacceptable’

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in charge of Enforcement, said: “Fly-tipping is unacceptable and we will prosecute those who are found dumping waste in Medway as well as those who hinder fly-tipping investigations. In this case the rubbish was dumped near a busy stretch of road and was a potential hazard to motorists. Local residents want to be proud of the areas in which they live and are extremely angry when litter plagues a particular area. It is our responsibility to acknowledge and respond to their concerns. I would encourage residents to continue to report fly-tipping incidents to the council so we can clear the rubbish as quickly as possible and investigate thoroughly.”

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