|Fly-tippers receive heavy fine
A group of local residents have been fined after being found guilty of fly-tipping in the borough.
Mr Blake Cox, Mr Carlton Fox, Mr Jordan Mason and Mr Joshua Mason, all from Atherton, were caught by Wigan Councilís Environmental Services Team after dumping waste illegally at Colliery Lane in Atherton.
They had dumped the waste on the quiet country lane after removing rubbish left over from a kitchen renovation. They charged a local resident £120.00 for the removal, despite none of them being registered waste carriers.
They appeared before Wigan Magistrates Court last month (Tuesday 23 July) and pleaded guilty to the charges. As a result they were fined a total of £1846.00.
Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council Cabinet member for the Environment said: This case should be seen as an example that fly-tipping is not acceptable under any circumstances and there will be serious consequences if you are caught dumping waste illegally.
Wigan Council uses the latest CCTV technology along with other methods to catch offenders and will continue working hard to make sure fly-tipping does not happen in the borough.
Alan Lee, a local resident from Atherton who has previously been affected by fly-tipping, is also pleased with the sentence. He said: Fly-tipping has been an issue where I live and it is disgusting that people think it is acceptable to dump rubbish and leave it.
I am 68-years-old and I donít want to keep coming across it and thatís why I am extremely grateful to Wigan Council in helping to try and stop this from happening. I know I can report any issues and they will try to resolve them as quickly as possible.
Residents are reminded they should only give their rubbish to authorised waste carriers, who can confirm their authorisation as they will have a copy of their licence with them. Giving waste to unauthorised carriers is an offence and could result in legal action being taken against you.
If you would like to report fly-tipping in the borough, contact Environmental Services on 01942 404364 or email email@example.com.