James Walsh: £3,000 fine will help combat plague of fly tipping, following prosecution
Cllr James Walsh has hailed the success of Slough Borough Council after a man was fined nearly £3,000 for fly tipping in the ward.
SBC’s Neighbourhood Enforcement team secured a successful prosecution against an individual for fly tipping in Poyle Industrial Estate.
The man was fined a total of £2,815 at Slough Magistrates Court, including investigation, legal fees and clean-up costs.
The Neighbourhood Enforcement Team (NET) comprises Community Wardens and Environmental Health staff, both of whom have a major role to play in tackling enviro-crime and working in partnership with the Community Safety Team and the Police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Walsh told Colnbrook Views:
“I am very pleased that the Council has successfully prosecuted one of the many flytippers who seem to haunt Colnbrook and Poyle.
We have been plagued by flytipping for many years, especially on the Westfield Estate where I’ve recently worked with residents in Severn Crescent to stop the garages there being used as a dump, and we need to catch these people and make an example of them.”
Last year the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team received 5,474 enquiries, and staff raised a further 2,923 actions during patrols and inspections throughout the Borough.
Neighbourhood Enforcement said they hoped it will act as deterrent to other would-be fly tippers in future.
Cllr Walsh added:
“We are somewhat limited by law, but I would like to see the fines set much higher – something that would really make the eyes water and make them think twice before spoiling the village in future.”
The man pleaded guilty to one offence under s34(1)(c)(i) Environmental Protection Act 1990 for the incident which took place in Prescott Road.