Council continues fight against fly-tipping with another successful prosecution

Winchester City Council has successfully prosecuted a man found guilty of fly-tipping last week.

Sean Smith of Littlemoor, Pattingham, Wolverhampton discarded a bag of pillows at the side of the A31 near Winchester on 15 August 2018.

Thanks to members of the public who spotted Smith fly-tipping, the incident was reported to the council and witnesses provided statements which provided sufficient evidence for the council to take formal action.

Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard how Smith had previously been issued a £400 fixed penalty notice (FPN) on 7 December 2018, which he failed to pay having initially entered a not guilty plea to the offence.

Smith changed his plea in September to guilty, and was prosecuted for offences under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He was fined £1000 and ordered to pay £1000 costs and a £100 Victim Surcharge.

Cabinet member for built environment and wellbeing, Cllr Jackie Porter, said:

“Winchester is a beautiful district and we want it to stay that way. We are committed to addressing the issue of fly-tipping in the Winchester district to protect the natural environment. The city council works hard to take action against those where we can evidence their involvement. This great result demonstrates the robust action that will be taken against those who blight our district.”

Residents can report any incident of fly-tipping by contacting the Winchester City Council Customer Services Team on 0300 300 0013 or they can report it online by visiting https://www.winchester.gov.uk/apply