Dunstable Business Man Fined Over £2,500 For Fly Tipping

THE VINE MAGAZINE - LOCAL NEWS: The Food Business Operator and director of Crepe Cottage, a food business which was based on High Street South in Dunstable, has been prosecuted for fly-tipping commercial waste from the business.

Dunstable Business Man Fined Over £2,500 For Fly Tipping

Dunstable Business Man Fined Over £2,500 For Fly Tipping

 

Dunstable Business Man Fined Over £2,500 For Fly Tipping

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The Food Business Operator and director of Crepe Cottage, a food business which was based on High Street South in Dunstable, has been prosecuted for fly-tipping commercial waste from the business.

A guilty plea was entered by Mr Tyrone Bird at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 3 July on two counts of breaching section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, for fly-tipping Bird was ordered to pay a fine of £733 for each offence, pay costs of £1,283 and a victim surcharge of £73.

Central Bedfordshire Council launched an investigation in August 2017, after an ongoing waste problem relating to the business was reported. Council officers attended the premises and discovered that waste was being placed outside the shop in the evening, for collection the next day. However, the waste wasn’t collected, and so waste sacks started to pile up, with the bags bursting open and the contents escaping.

Mr Bird was invited to a number of PACE interviews during last October and November. He was then sent a Section 108 questionnaire requiring him to attend an interview, which he didn’t attend.

Whilst attempting to arrange another interview, council officers attended the property on two further occasions, 7 November and 24 November, to examine additional waste left at the rear of the premises. On both occasions, the waste was not placed in commercial waste sacks. When searched, the contents confirmed the waste belonged to Crepe Cottage.

Mr Bird was sent a second Section 108 questionnaire requiring him to attend a PACE interview in December. Mr Bird attended this interview. He read out a statement, explaining that his waste was taken away by Biffa, and that he had an agreement with them to collect additional black sacks.

Enquires were made with the Biffa Commercial team and they confirmed that the contract with Crepe Cottage started in April 2017, but the account for the business was temporarily suspended due to an overdue payment.

Councillor Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “All businesses produce waste.  Companies have a legal responsibility to ensure that they dispose of their business waste correctly, and without harm to the environment.

“If your rubbish is found to have been fly-tipped and you have not made appropriate arrangements for the legal disposal of that waste, we will take further action and you could be prosecuted.

“Fly-tipping is a deliberate and thoughtless act. As well as being a blight to residents, in this case the contents were likely to attract vermin and were an environmental health risk.”

Residents can help us reduce this crime by reporting any incidents of fly tipping to the CBCcustomer services team on 0300 300 8302 or by emailing customers@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.


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Dunstable Business Man Fined Over £2,500 For Fly Tipping

Dunstable Business Man Fined Over £2,500 For Fly Tipping

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