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Fined for fly-tipping in Forden

Created on 23/05/2018 @ 17:48
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A week after we reported one of the worst cases of fly-tipping yet near Leighton (pictured), a Newtown man has been fined £200 for dumping waste in Forden.

A member of the public tipped off Powys County Council that four black bags of household waste had been dumped in a lay-by, and the unnamed guilty man’s information was found during an investigation.

The council’s Waste Awareness and Enforcement Team issued a fixed penalty of £400, which was reduced to £200 after the man admitted his guilt and paid up within 14 days.

Seven fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping have now been issued since the Welsh Government approved the Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) (Wales) Regulations 2017 last November.

The team are now warning people that they are stepping up their enforcement activities and anyone found fly-tipping could be issued with a fixed penalty notice or prosecuted in more serious cases.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said: “We want to make Powys a welcoming place for our residents and visitors and this starts by having a clean environment.

“The majority of residents and businesses already recycling and dispose of their waste in the correct way. However, there are those who blight our communities with their selfish actions by fly-tipping their waste.

“We need to reinforce the message that fly-tipping is a criminal offence that harms the environment and costs taxpayers money when it has to be cleared up. We will clamp down on those who dispose of their waste illegal by stepping up our enforcement activities.

“We hope this will act as a warning to show that we will investigate this anti-social behaviour and take the appropriate enforcement action.”

Last week, local historian and photographer Colin Rogers took this picture of the mess left by fly-tippers near the Offa’s Dyke path on Long Mountain.


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