Dumped car spares lead to fine for Colnbrook court dodger

A Colnbrook man has been fined after rubbish from a car spares business he managed was found dumped in woodland in South Bucks.

Slough Magistrates Court

Slough Magistrates Court

After a joint investigation with South Bucks District Council, Slough Borough Council’s neighbourhood enforcement team successfully prosecuted Anthony Ayres for failing to make suitable arrangements for the disposal of waste from Chalvey Car Spares, which is no longer trading.

In February 2011, Mr Ayres, aged 43 and from Colnbrook, arranged for the disposal of numerous car parts, but made no attempt to check where the rubbish was going.

Plastic panels, bumpers and tyres were later found dumped in woodland off Allerds Road in Burnham.

Enquiries led back to Mr Ayres, who failed to attend court three times in 2011 before finally being found and arrested last month.

Appearing at Slough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 12 December, he pleaded guilty to three offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, for failing in his duty of care to ensure the business waste he was responsible for was disposed of correctly and for not keeping the necessary records.

He was fined £360 and ordered to pay £120 costs, plus a £15 victim surcharge.

Ian Blake, neighbourhood enforcement team leader, said:

This is an outstanding result. Despite the passage of time we have managed to finally bring this person before the court and get a good result.

We hope it serves to remind people that, although you might not be dumping the rubbish yourself, you’re legally responsible for what happens to it afterwards. You must always make sure you’re giving your waste to a registered waste carrier.

Slough Borough Council’s advice is to contact the Environment Agency to check the person or organisation you’re giving your waste to is a registered waste carrier. Ask for proof of where the waste is being disposed of and keep accurate records to prove who took what, where and when.

Cllr Sohail Munawar, commissioner for social and economic inclusion with a responsibility for neighbourhood enforcement, said:

Residents often tell us how much flytipping affects them and I’d like to commend the sheer tenacity and determination of the officers to track this man down and bring him to justice.

Let this be a lesson to people that the council will continue to purse those responsible for crimes like these, regardless of the passage of time.

Despite intensive enquiries, the flytipper has not yet been caught.

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