Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2019

A man has been ordered to pay more than £7,500 after sacks of rubbish were found alight in Rochester.

Atakan Duru, manager of Rochester Grill in High Street, Rochester, pleaded guilty to failing to produce waste documents and allowing controlled waste to escape his control at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 14 March.

In April 2018 Medway Council  contacted Rochester Grill asking for copies of their waste transfer documents. They did not respond and in May a council officer visited the premises and spoke with Duru. He did not produce any waste transfer documents. Duru was given a fixed penalty notice.

In January 2019 the council officer attended the Orange Terrace junction with Star Hill in Rochester and found domestic waste sacks which had been put out for collection but had been set alight.  Evidence was found in the sacks which traced the source to Rochester Grill.

Magistrates fined Duru £7,000 for both charges and ordered him to pay costs of £473.86, £63.68 compensation, for the clean-up of the waste, and a victim surcharge of £170, totalling £7,707.54.

A builder has also been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after waste was fly-tipped in Cliffe.

Sonu Singh of Connor Road, Dagenham, pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care to ensure the waste was passed on to a registered waste carrier at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 14 March.

In April 2018 household and building waste was found dumped in Salt Lane, Cliffe, near to the RSPB nature reserve. A Medway Council investigation found that Singh had carried out some building work in Gravesend and was responsible for disposing of the waste.

Magistrates fined Singh £800 and ordered him to pay costs of £203.98 and a victim surcharge of £80, totalling £1,083.98.

Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in Medway. In this case the rubbish was dumped near a local nature reserve, not only is it a blight to the area – it also could have had devastating consequences to the wildlife there. Everyone who lives and works in, and visits, Medway has a responsibility to help us keep it tidy and to dispose of their waste responsibly.”

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