Two prosecutions for environmental offences secured by Harlow Council

Date: 
Thursday, 6 July, 2017
Number: 
17-36

Two people have been prosecuted for environmental offences and fined a total of over £800 following successful action taken by Harlow Council.

Both cases were heard on 22 June 2017 at Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

Jessica Rowley of Little Brays was found to be in breach of Section 87(5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 following a report of dumped rubbish. Officers inspected the area outside Makin’ Steps Dance School in Little Brays on 31 January 2017 and found bags of household waste piled up at the rear fire door. Evidence was found within the rubbish which revealed Miss Rowley’s identity. Miss Rowley was issued with an FPN and, after failing to pay within the specified period, the case was brought to court. Miss Rowley was found guilty in her absence at the hearing and she received a fine of £120. She is also ordered to pay the Council’s legal costs of £180.00 and a victim surcharge of £30.

On 27 February 2017 Harlow Council Officers were notified of an incident taking place at the Latton Bush Centre, Harlow, involving a pickup truck which was overloaded with scrap metal.

A Harlow Council Clean Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer attended the scene and found that the driver of the pickup truck, John Bowden of Lincoln, had been stopped by Police Officers due to several issues, including the vehicle’s unsecured load.

Mr Bowden was asked to produce a waste transfer note and his waste carriers licence in relation to the scrap metal loaded on the truck, which included a shopping trolley, bike wheels, stairgate and filing cabinet. Mr Bowden could not produce these documents, or give a reasonable explanation for failing to do so and was therefore served with a £300 fixed penalty notice (FPN). He was given 14 days from the date of issue to pay the Notice in order to discharge his liability for the offence of failing to produce authority to transport controlled waste under Section 5 of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989.

By 28 April 2017 the fixed penalty Notice had not been paid and therefore the Council’s Legal department prosecuted Mr Bowden.

Mr Bowden was found guilty in his absence at the hearing and fined £660. He was also ordered to pay the Council’s legal costs of £180 and a £66 victim surcharge.

Both defendants have been given 14 days to pay.

Councillor Danny Purton, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:

“Once again our Council Officers have been successful in bringing those looking to dump rubbish and damage the environment to justice.

Whilst the vast majority of our residents are responsible with their rubbish and do dispose of it in the right way, there are some who choose not to play by the rules; their actions are damaging to the environment, antisocial, potentially dangerous and contribute to the annual cost of nearly £2m that the Council spends in cleaning up rubbish from the town’s streets and housing estates.

“Harlow Council continues to take the issue of dumped rubbish, fly tipping and littering in Harlow seriously and will always take action when responding to reports against anyone who dumps rubbish in our town.

“I want to thank the Community Safety and Legal Teams for once again achieving successful prosecutions and hope that this sends a clear message to those who seek to dump rubbish and litter in our town.”

Residents can report any instances of fly tipping, dumped rubbish or litter to Harlow Council at www.harlow.gov.uk/report