A fly-tipper has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay nearly £2,000 in costs for dumping waste in a Borehamwood lane in the latest successful prosecution brought by Hertsmere Borough Council.
Brent man Claudiu-Marcel Prajinariu pleaded guilty to one charge of fly-tipping, three duty of care offences and one unlicensed waste carrier offence during an appearance at St Albans Magistrates Court.
He had left the waste in Buckettsland Lane on 26 July and evidence collected from the scene led the council’s Environmental Health officers to a building site in Brooklands Rise, London.
The site manager was able to identify the offender and provide details of his vehicle, which led the council team to him.
Prajinariu, 18, of Braemar Avenue, was ordered to pay £1,771 to cover costs and the clean-up fee, as well as a £100 victim surcharge, bringing a total of £2,871.
Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “I am really pleased with the outcome of this court hearing and my thanks go to the Environmental Health team for their excellent work in stopping this offender from continuing to leave dangerous building waste in public areas.
“This case, in addition to previous successful convictions, sends a clear message that it is wholly unacceptable to knowingly harm the environment with no consideration for the impact on the wider community in the use of limited public resources, the visual blighting of our countryside and urban public spaces and, in some cases, the clearance costs and inconvenience to private landowners.
“This behaviour diverts valuable resources from the delivery of frontline services at a time when the council must continue to make efficiency savings.”
Duncan Jones, Partnership Development Manager for Hertfordshire Waste Partnership and Chairman of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group, said: “We welcome this result and would like to remind residents to call the police immediately if they see people fly-tipping.
“This type of crime is a blight on our communities and represents a potential danger to people who live and work in the areas where it is taking place.”
‘Let’s SCRAP fly tipping’, a countywide campaign co-ordinated by the Hertfordshire Flytipping Group is also reminding Hertfordshire residents that if they see fly tipping in progress they should call 999 immediately, as well as reporting the incident to their local council at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping.
The Hertfordshire Flytipping Group is a multi-agency taskforce including the Boroughs, Districts and County Council, as well as the police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy.
Posted on Friday 14th December 2018