Published: Monday, 20th May 2019

Two people have been ordered to pay hundreds after failing to cooperate with fly-tipping investigations.

In July 2018 bags of rubble were found dumped in Buckingham Road, Gillingham. A Medway Council investigation found that Roger Reeder, 32, of Cornwallis Avenue, had been paid to carry out building works in Windsor Road. He was sent a letter inviting him to be interviewed about the waste but despite initially co-operating he stopped replying to the council and failed to attend an interview.

Reeder was sent a notice asking him questions about the waste but failed to respond.

Reeder failed to attend Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 2 May, for non compliance with a Section 108 notice, the case was proved in his absence.

Magistrates fined Reeder £500 and ordered him to pay £185.35 costs and a £50 victim surcharge, totalling £735.35.

A Chatham woman has also been ordered to pay more than £600 for hindering a fly-tipping investigation.

In October 2018 a large amount of waste was found strewn outside the back of a restaurant in High Street, Chatham. Two items were found in the waste including an address for Louise Shane of Upbury Way, Chatham.

A letter was sent to the 41-year-old’s address asking her to answer questions about the fly-tipping. She failed to respond.

Shane failed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 2 May, and the case was proved in her absence.

Magistrates fined Shane £500 and ordered her to pay costs of £149.25 and a £50 victim surcharge, totalling £699.25.

Keeping Medway clean and tidy

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “Everyone has a responsibility to keep Medway clean and tidy and to ensure they dispose of their waste properly. We are aware how distressing these fly-tipping incidents are, whether in a residential area or a commercial area. Residents should have the right to see that the offenders are bought to justice. 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. We would encourage residents to continue to report fly-tipping incidents to us so the waste can be cleared as quickly as possible and we can thoroughly investigate incidents.” 

If you witness someone fly-tipping report it online with as many details as possible, including a description of the fly-tipper and, if possible, the registration number of the vehicle involved. The online reporting form can be used 24/7 and the report goes directly to Medway Council’s enforcement officers.

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