Sevenoaks District Council successfully prosecuted two fly-tippers at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ court on Friday 14 May 2021.
Triple fly-tipper handed £2.5k in fines
A fly-tipper who dumped waste in School Lane near Fawkham on at least three occasions has pleaded guilty to his crimes.
Forty-five year old Steven Clatworthy of Twigg Close, Erith was charged with dumping waste throughout August 2020.
On 7 August, a resident reported a large amount of fly-tipped rubbish on School Lane, blocking the highway. After the incident, the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team erected CCTV cameras, together with warning signs advising that CCTV was in operation in the area.
Just days later on 15 August, the cameras captured Clatworthy removing waste from his maroon transit van. The Environmental Enforcement team traced the waste to an Erith resident who paid Clatworthy £150 to dispose of wood, a shed, a wardrobe, a distinctive pink carpet and underlay.
Three days later another resident witnessed Clatworthy dumping rubbish on the lane and made a note of his number plate. Another member of the public photographed a dispatch note amongst the rubbish. Using this information, the Council traced the rubbish to the same Erith resident who had used Clatworthy for a second time to clear rubbish.
On 28 August, more rubbish was found dumped in the lane. The resident who discovered the incident took photos of business flyers amongst the waste. The Council linked this incident to a Mottingham-based business who used Clatworthy to clear trade waste.
Clatworthy pleaded guilty to fly-tipping waste contrary to section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He was fined £360, ordered to pay £2,140 in costs and £50 in compensation, in total £2,330.75.
South Darenth gardener dumps dangerous waste on his doorstep
Twenty-nine year old William Moulson of Keith Avenue, South Darenth was fined £2,267.75 for dumping asbestos and other waste on School Lane near Fawkham, just two miles from his home.
Moulson was spotted by two Council CCTV cameras tipping a large amount of waste at 6.31am on 6 June 2020, blocking the lane. This was despite the area having warning signs advising CCTV was in operation.
Moulson, a landscape gardener, fly-tipped asbestos, wood and garden waste. Because of the dangerous nature of the waste, the Council spent nearly £1,300 of taxpayers’ money clearing up the site.
At court, Moulson pleaded guilty to fly-tipping waste contrary to section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He was fined £500, ordered to pay £1,717.75 in costs and £50 in compensation.
Cllr Margot McArthur, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner and Greener, says: “I would like to thank the residents who came forward with evidence, helping us to secure these convictions.
“In both of these cases, the fly-tippers had little regard for the environment, dumping their waste in woodland, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, not to mention the inconvenience and potential danger to others by blocking the road.
“These latest prosecutions send out a strong message to anyone thinking about dumping rubbish in the District: our residents and the Council will not tolerate fly-tipping.”
Anyone paying for waste removal is obliged to check whether the service provider is licensed. Failing to do so could result in a fine of up £5,000 and a criminal record.
To check if a removal service has a license, call the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check, alternatively check online at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers.
To report fly-tipping, visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/flytipping or call 01732 227000.