FLY TIPPER CAUGHT: Large fine for Walsall builder
Walsall fly tipping
An out of town builder and fly-tipper who dumped an old bathroom suite and tiles at a rural lane in Walsall has been prosecuted by Walsall Council and fined £3,705.94.
Robert Brassington of Walsall appeared before a Judge at Wolverhampton Magistrates on 12 March. Mr Brassington represented himself in court and pleaded guilty to fly-tipping controlled waste on Winterley Lane, Rushall, Walsall on 21 October 2018.
The Judge accepted that Brassington had regretted his actions and he knew it was a ‘childish thing to do’. His early guilty plea and means form was also taken into account. In mitigation he said he had recently lost his business, broken up with his partner and because he had seen other dumped rubbish in the same area – he did the same.
The Court responded that it took matters of this nature very seriously and that ‘Fly tipping is a blight on our environment”
Councillor Garry Perry Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:
“This is a good result for the council - one with a large fine that simply says ‘don’t do it.’ Whatever your circumstances we will follow you to the courts because the people of Walsall are thoroughly sick of fly-tips.”
“It costs the authority up to £500,000 each year around to clear this mess up up - taking valuable time and resources away from the delivery of other important services.”
Walsall Council is watching out for fly-tippers and enlisting the help of residents to report sightings and gain evidence toward prosecutions.
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