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Fly-tippers brought to justice

Posted on Thursday 13th October 2011 at 11:36 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council

Video tapes, cardboard boxes and broken furniture – just some of the items illegally dumped in the district which have lead to several people being prosecuted by South Gloucestershire Council.

The cases of illegal fly-tippers brought to book include:

Martin Collins, of Hardy Lane, Tockington, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping waste near the railway station in Pilning on 17th March. During a clean up operation, council officers found correspondence addressed to Collins and when interviewed by police he fully admitted the offence. He was convicted of fly-tipping black bin bags containing household waste, sheets of insulation, video tapes, cardboard boxes and plastic electrical wire casing. He was also fined £65 and ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of around £415.

Council officers saw Emily Evans, from Southmead Road, Bristol, fly-tipping pieces of broken furniture at Berwick Lane, Easter Compton on 5th April. Evans pleaded guilty to the offence and now has a conviction for fly-tipping. She was fined £65 and ordered to pay the council’s costs of around £500.

And an off duty police officer stopped to question Owen O’Brien, of Jordan Walk, Bradley Stoke, after he saw him acting suspiciously in Hoovers Lane, Iron Acton on 28th March. He had fly-tipped two black bin bags full of waste. He admitted the offence and was fined £100 and ordered to pay around £414 costs

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Spring into action and help clean up your neighbourhood

Posted on Saturday 12th February 2011 at 9:57 am by SH (Editor)

A call is going out to all volunteer groups and businesses across South Gloucestershire urging them to spring into action in a few months time to help clean up their neighbourhood or open spaces, helping to transform South Gloucestershire as part of National Spring Clean 2011.

South Gloucestershire Council is supporting the Big Spring Clean Campaign 2011 which runs from 1st March to 30th April and is encouraging everyone to join them. From schools to scouts and voluntary group to businesses, all are invited to take action against litter. Groups are being asked to register their interest early so litter picking equipment can be organised ahead of the campaign.

Cllr Heather Goddard, South Gloucestershire Council’s executive member for communities, said: “The Big Spring Clean is the Big Society in action and is always hugely popular in South Gloucestershire, which is undoubtedly down to the fact that people are really proud of the district as a place to live and work.”

“We want to encourage as many volunteers as possible to take part in the Big Spring Clean. This event can make a big difference. By reducing the litter we will improve the quality of the environment and make the green spaces of South Gloucestershire even more inviting to visit and enjoy.”

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Successful prosecutions against fly-tippers and litterers

Posted on Monday 31st January 2011 at 12:32 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council is continuing its fight against fly-tipping and littering – which costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to clean up – following the successful prosecution of four individuals for committing related offences.

Following an investigation, the council brought a prosecution against John Cox, of Redfield Hill, Oldland Common after he fly-tipped six bags of waste near his home. The bags contained a combination of work-based litter and waste. Mr Cox was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £300.

Wayne Dempsey of Casey Bottom Lane, St George fly-tipped a bed and mattress in a lane in Bitton. Mr Dempsey was fined £350 and ordered to pay costs of £600. Magistrates remarked that if Mr Dempsey had taken the bed and mattress to an appropriate civic amenity site, he could have disposed of them for free.

Also, Matthew Rees, the proprietor and director of Reece Environmental Ltd, was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £800, after waste was seen falling from the vehicle he was driving along the Ring Road. Mr Rees’ solicitor said in court that measures were now in place to prevent this from happening again in the future.

And Craig Manley, of Salcombe Road, Knowle was fined £365 and ordered to pay costs of £600, after waste was also seen escaping from the same vehicle that Mr Rees had been driving the previous day.

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Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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Ring Road clean up clears 550 bags of rubbish

Posted on Monday 17th May 2010 at 7:19 am by SH (Editor)

A spring clean of the A4174 Avon Ring Road has produced a mammoth 550 bags of rubbish.

The clean up, conducted by South Gloucestershire Council over a three week period, involved considerable resources, including lane closures. The rubbish is thought to have been thrown out of vehicles or escaped from unsecured loads.

The spring clean was accompanied by a joint operation between council officers and the police targeting both individual motorists who throw rubbish from their cars and hauliers who allow waste to escape from their vehicles.

Littering motorists are liable to pay a £75 fixed penalty notice whilst hauliers can be fined considerably more – last year a local company received a fine and costs totalling £3,520 after being found guilty of allowing waste to escape from one of its vehicles onto the ring road.

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Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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