Caddington ward covers the six parishes of Hyde, Slip End, Caddington, Kensworth, Whipsnade & Studham
Individual parish council websites (where available) can be reached by clicking on the names aboves.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Successful prosecution after Woodside fly-tip

Back in June 2014, I was returning home after a meeting in Slip End when I witnessed a white van to the side of the road at a notorious fly-tipping spot in Woodside.  The driver and his companion made a swift getaway when they saw me approaching but I was able to capture the vehicle registration number and witness that the pile of rubbish on the roadside had come out of the van.  I wrote out a brief statement as soon as I got home, which was copied to the Police and Central Beds Enviromental Team.

The van traced back to a gentleman at an address in Luton who, unsurprisingly, denied any responsibility.  The legal process dragged on but the offender was back in court yesterday and entered a guilty plea under certain sections of the Enviromental Protection Act 1990.  Whilst it can not be proved that he was driving the van, he has accepted that he was in a position to control the use of the vehicle at the time of the offence.

He was sentenced to a fine of £1,000 plus victim surcharge of £100 and Central Bedfordshire Council's costs of £1,800.  Therefore he has incurred a total liability of £2,900 for allowing waste to be dumped in the countryside.

A copy of Central Bedfordshire Council's press release is available here and the press release about another recent successful prosecution is available here.

No comments:

Post a Comment