Published: Monday, 9th July 2018

A man has been fined £5,000 after dumping waste in Chatham.

In May 2017 Medway Council received a report that a large amount of building waste, including rubble, broken tiles and glass and a toilet, had been dumped in Grove Road, Chatham.

Council environmental enforcement officers attended the scene and gathered evidence. During the investigation Paul Chisholm, 40, of Bedonwell Road, Belvedere, was identified as being involved but after initially cooperating with the investigation he failed to comply with a section 108 notice as part of the Environment Act 1995. Chisholm was charged with fly-tipping and failing to produce waste transfer documents. He was summonsed to court on Monday, 25 June, but failed to appear.  A warrant was issued for his arrest and Medway Council was contacted by Medway Magistrates Court on Monday, 2 July, to notify them that Chisholm was in custody.

The council’s solicitor attended court the same day and Chisholm pleaded guilty to both charges.   

Magistrates fined Chisholm £5,000 and ordered him to pay a £500 victim surcharge and £619.54 court costs, totalling £6,119.54. 

'Anyone found dumping rubbish will be prosecuted'

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering enforcement, said: “Fly-tipping is not tolerated in Medway. This man thought he could ignore the court by not obeying the summons.  Instead he was arrested and brought to justice. He has now been ordered to pay thousands of pounds, which reflects the seriousness of his actions. Fly-tipping is against the law and it is unsightly for both residents and visitors. We are committed to investigating fly-tipping and anyone found to be dumping rubbish will be prosecuted.”

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