A Skelmersdale resident has been ordered to pay out £340 after being convicted of fly tipping related offences.
Wigan & Leigh Magistrates Court heard that West Lancashire Borough Council received a complaint regarding a large amount of waste which had been tipped in the car park of Abbey Lakes, Up Holland, Lancashire.
This consisted of mattresses, packaging, a hoover and some bin bags of waste. Initial enquiries traced this rubbish back to a residential property in Skelmersdale. Following further investigations the Council established that the resident had paid a waste removal service they had seen advertised on Facebook, to remove this rubbish. The service was called “Lift & Shift” and was run by Phillip Roughley, of Elmstead, Tanhouse.
Mr Roughley was invited to attend an interview and served with a legal notice ordering him to explain how this waste was found to be tipped in Up Holland.
Mr Roughley failed to respond to this notice and was prosecuted for not providing the information requested by the Council. At Court Mr Roughley pleaded guilty and he was ordered to pay a fine of £110, a victim surcharge of £30 and a contribution to the Council’s costs of £200.
The Council would like to take this opportunity to remind householders that it is their responsibility to make sure that if they are having waste removed it is by an authorised waste carrier and that it is disposed of correctly. You must not simply pay someone in a van to take it away. If the person taking the waste cannot show householders a waste carriers licence and provide them with a receipt for what they have taken (known as a waste transfer note) residents should not use their service.
Householders can check if anyone who removes waste from them has a waste carriers’ licence by contacting the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or going on their website www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency.
Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety, said: ” The Council is ambitious for West Lancashire to have a good quality and clean environment, fly tipping is an offence and we will continue to crackdown on those that fly tipping and deposit litter to protect the local environment.”
If you think waste has been disposed of illegally then you can report this to the Council on our website www.westlancs.gov.uk/flytipping. You can also report problems with litter or fly-tipping by calling 01695 577177 between 8.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.