Redditch Businessman Fined £1,555

By Simon Preston

Wychavon District Council has secured a successful prosecution following the dumping of business waste.

Mr Gary Waring, 40 (DOB 20.06.69), the owner of Waring properties in Redditch, was fined £750 for an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.  He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and costs of £790 by magistrates in Worcester on Thursday 11 February 2010.

Mr Waring, of 66 Marlpool Road, Redditch, had sold a van that had not been cleaned out – the van still had a quantity of commercial waste from a property that had been refurbished. This waste was later found fly-tipped in a farmer’s gateway near Broadway.

Officers from Wychavon District Council found evidence in the fly-tip that led them to Waring Properties.

The Magistrates were satisfied that Mr Waring had failed in his Duty of Care to dispose of waste properly by leaving commercial waste on a vehicle that was sold, despite the fact that he held a licence for carrying waste.

Councillor Anna Mackison the Council’s portfolio holder for Environmental Services said: “This is a very satisfactory result following a time consuming investigation by Council Officers.  Apart from the fact that this is a criminal offence, Parish Councils, farmers and residents are sick and tired of finding fly-tipping dumped in field gateways, verges and public places.  Ignorance is not a defence in these cases and we take this kind of crime very seriously.”

Residents can report fly-tipping on the hotline 01386 565656.