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Welshpool man convicted of fly tipping

Created on 15/08/2019 @ 18:03
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Fly-tipping 27 bags of rubbish outside a local village hall cost a Welshpool man £525 when he appeared before magistrates in Llandrindod Wells. 

According to a Powys County Council press release, Clarence Taylor, 52, of Chestnut View Road, on Oldford Estate, was found guilty of a breach of Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 – namely ‘depositing controlled waste on land not authorised by way of an environmental permit to accept it’, commonly known as “fly tipping”.

The court heard that on March 23, Taylor drove his Mercedes and trailer full of domestic refuse from his home in Welshpool out to Llandrinio Village Hall and dumped 27 black bags plus additional bulky items in and around the bottle banks on the village hall car park.

The entire incident had been caught on CCTV (bags also pictured).

The council has been working in partnership with national agency Fly Tipping Action Wales using night-time infra-red surveillance technology at fly tipping hot spots.

Taylor was identified by a waste enforcement officer who recognised him from having previously interviewed him under caution in relation to fly tipping incident at Welshpool cemetery in 2018. 

He was found guilty by a panel of three Magistrates at Llandrindod Wells Justice Centre and fined £200, with £300 cleaning/disposal and legal costs for and £25 victim surcharge.

Cllr. Phyl Davies, Cabinet member responsible for waste management said: “Fly tipping is a criminal offence which blights our communities and costs taxpayers’ money to clear up. We are clamping down on this anti-social and illegal activity with increase monitoring and enforcement.

“These offences included large volumes of waste dumped next to a village hall and adjacent to a children’s playground. We hope the level of fine sends a clear message that the council will not hesitate using the criminal justice system to clamp down on this type of anti-social behaviour.”

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