|Warning to fly tippers
A man has been fined for fly tipping in Wigan Borough after a successful prosecution.
David Rosbottom, Bryn Road South, Ashton, pleaded guilty to fly tipping at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court on Tuesday 7th March after he admitted to fly tipping bags of household waste at Drummers Lane, Ashton.
Rosbottom said he was moving house and had already made a few visits to the household waste recycling centre but when the centre was closed he dumped the bags. He pled guilty at the earliest opportunity and admitted the offence.
He was fined £1,450, and ordered to pay £550 costs and £145 victim surcharge, totalling £2145.
The magistrate commented that Rosbottom had “polluted the environment”, taken the law into (his) hands and that his actions were “unfair to everyone in the local community”.
The case was pursued by Wigan Council’s environmental enforcement team.
The team is proactively targeting fly tipping hotspots to catch and fine offenders. So far this year 17 fixed penalty notices have been issued with five cases being prosecuted in court.
Cllr Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment, said: “Through The Deal, by residents not fly tipping and recycling their waste correctly the council can keep council tax low. Last year fly tipping cost us £800,000 which equates to nearly one per cent council tax.
“Fly tipping ruins our communities and costs us money.
“We need residents to help us by reporting incidents and hotspots so we can carry out enforcement and catch these offenders who blight our communities.
Residents can report incidents of fly tipping via the council’s Report It app or online at www.wigan.gov.uk/reportit