Another win for fly-tipping campaigners as Northamptonshire man cops £1,500 court bill
Prosecution over rubbish left in countryside follows clean-up in Northampton town centre
A rogue fly-tipper landed a £1,500 court bill for dumping rubbish in the Northamptonshire countryside.
Paul Bailey, 51, admitted three charges of leaving piles of packaging, old tiles, off cuts of piping and a light fitting in three different locations when he appeared at Wellingborough Magistrates Court.
It is a second big win for campaigners against fly-tipping following an alleyway in Northampton's town centre was finally emptied of rubbish — after the Chronicle & Echo joined calls for a clear-up.
Council staff traced rubbish left in Denford, Raunds and Titchmarsh back to Bailey via a company called PFB Services.
Bailey, of Charles Street in Wellingborough, told Northampton Magistrates Court he was trying to make some quick cash and working with a young man collecting waste from houses.
He was fined £195 but ordered to stump up a whopping £1,276 in costs.
East Northants council leader Steven North said: “As this case shows, fly-tipping can cost individuals hundreds of pounds in charges and legal fees, not to mention the cost to the council taxpayers to clear the rubbish.
"The message is simple, dispose of rubbish legally or run the risk of a hefty fine."
Borough council officers had served the company responsible for a town centre alleyway in Northampton, Amor Management Ltd, with a community protection warning notice following the Chron's story about rubbish being allowed to pile up.
Cabinet member for environment Cllr Mike Hallam said: “Following the ongoing work undertaken by our Environmental Health and Wardens teams, and the issuing of a Community Protection Warning Notice, the owner of this alleyway has taken action to clean it up.
“There is little doubt that the Chronicle & Echo contacting the company also helped in resolving this issue and we will continue to work with the owner to try and reach an acceptable arrangement for ongoing monitoring and maintenance.”