Published: Thursday, 30th August 2018

Two men have been ordered to pay thousands of pounds for hindering fly-tipping investigations.

In August 2017 a large amount of building and household waste was found dumped in Scholars Rise, Strood. A Medway Council investigation found a label amongst the waste which contained the address of a property in London. The council’s Environmental Enforcement Team sent a letter to the address and the occupiers informed Medway Council that work had been carried out at the premises by Alan Hearn, of Ashbourne Road, Mitcham.

Hearn contacted the council and said that he paid a company to remove waste from the site but he was unable to provide their contact details.  As Hearn has a statutory duty to retain these details, Medway Council gave him further opportunity to provide them before sending him two notices but he did not respond.

Hearn was summonsed to court on 8 August but failed to attend. The case was proved in his absence. Magistrates fined Hearn £660, ordered him to pay costs of £1,170.05 and a victim surcharge of £66.

A man has also been fined £1,000 for failing to help with a fly-tipping investigation after building waste was dumped in Gravesend.

Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team carried out an investigation on behalf of Gravesham Borough Council after waste including a bath, toilet cistern and pan was dumped from a Ford Transit van in Medhurst Gardens, Gravesend in April 2017. The vehicle registration revealed the owner as Miles Minall, 31, of Aspdin Road, Northfleet. Minall failed to respond to an invitation to interview in November 2017 and to a notice sent in January 2018.

He was summonsed to court on 16 July but failed to attend and the case was proved in his absence.

Magistrates fined Minall £1,000, and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and costs of £472.05, totalling £1,572.05.

A Twydall woman has also been fined £1,000 after storing a large amount of waste, including a fridge-freezer and chairs, in a communal area and the front garden of a council property.

Danielle Jarvis, 34, of Goudhurst Road, was approached by Medway Council in November 2017 about the improper disposal of waste. Jarvis ignored notices to remove the waste and was summonsed to Medway Magistrates Court on 23 July. She failed to attend and the case was proved in her absence.

Magistrates fined Jarvis £1,000 and ordered her to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and costs of £500 totalling £1,600.

A Gillingham man has been fined £100 for dealing scrap metal without a licence.

In April 2018, Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officers witnessed Richard Simons, of Middle Street, unloading car batteries at a business on Medway City Estate. He was stopped on Anthony’s Way and admitted that he should have licences to carry and collect waste and scrap metal. He pleaded guilty to dealing scrap metal without a licence at Medway Magistrates Court on 16 July.

Magistrates fined Simons £100 and ordered him to pay a £30 victim surcharge and costs of £360, totalling £490.

'Everyone has a duty to keep Medway clean and tidy'

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “Everyone has a duty to keep Medway clean and tidy and to dispose of waste responsibly. I would like to thank the majority of people who act inside the law and have the required licences. We will prosecute anyone found dumping waste in Medway, as well as those who hinder fly-tipping investigations. I would also like to thank the public for their continued efforts to report fly-tipping incidents to us and for their help in identifying offenders.”

Help us put a halt to fly-tipping

Report flytipping if you see someone do it with as many details as possible, including a description of the fly-tipper, and the registration of the vehicle involved.

You can report flytipping online at any time, 7 days a week and your report will go directly to the council’s enforcement officers, speeding up the response and giving more chance to identity the culprits.

Together we can tackle fly-tipping.

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