A FLY-TIPPER has been prosecuted for dumping rubbish at a Dales beauty spot.
The Mercury launched a campaign over a year ago in a bid to fight the dumpers who are blighting the countryside.
And thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, Derbyshire Dales District Council successfully prosecuted a man in connection with the dumping an old kitchen on Beeley Moor.
Nick Fullwood, of Birkin Avenue, New Tupton, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to an offence under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 – failing in his duty of care to make sure the waste was properly disposed of.
Fullwood was fined £450, reduced to £300 because of an early guilty plea, and ordered to pay £225 costs.
The District Judge in Chesterfield heard last week that the council’s environmental health officers were alerted to the fly tip on Beeley Moor consisting of an old kitchen and packaging.
The officers traced the householder from the information on the packaging and discovered the identity of the contractor who had fitted the kitchen and ultimately Fullwood, a sub-contractor who claimed he had paid an unidentified person to take the waste away.
A spokesman for the district council said: “Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence that poses a threat to humans and wildlife, damages our environment, and spoils our enjoyment of the Dales.
“We need local people to report fly tips to the District Council to enable us to gather evidence for a prosecution. We have a brilliant record in the Derbyshire Dales of keeping our environment clean and free of litter – 97 per cent of our streets are clean) – and with your help we can keep it that way.”
There is a legal requirement on residents to check that the company or person they give waste to has a licence to carry waste. Anyone who does not do this could face penalties of up to £5,000.
The resident who reported the fly-tipping, after reading about the Mercury’s campaign, wanted to remain anonymous but said he was pleased with the outcome.
He added: “It is good news because the only way we are going to stop this kind of thing is to hit them in the pocket.
“Hopefully others will get the message that you can’t just blight a beautiful part of Derbyshire and get away with it.”
Check whether a company is licensed to carry waste by searching the public register on the Environment Agency website at www2.environment-agency.gov.uk
You can now report a fly tip online at derbyshiredales.gov.uk/environment or call 01629 761 212 or email email@example.com