Council’s warning after Brid man ‘unwittingly’ allowed illegal fly-tipping

A Bridlington man has been ordered to pay £300 compensation after property including a mattress, a wheelie bin and ice skates were found dumped along Woldgate, near Bridlington.

Beverley Magistrates heard on Tuesday (June 30) how Derek Brooks of Blackburn Avenue, Bridlington, paid a man in a van to take rubbish off his hands - but it was later fly-tipped at the side of the country road.

Mr Brooks pleaded guilty to failing to ensure domestic waste was transferred by an authorised person, breaching his duty of care after the waste was found illegally dumped.

He was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £300 compensation to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the cost of removing the rubbish, plus a £15 victim surcharge.

Mr Brooks told the court he approached a man on the street and asked him to arrange to take the rubbish away. He made no checks to see if the man was a registered waste carrier and did not take the man’s details.

The Council’s streetscene enforcement officers visited Woldgate on March 3 2015, and found household items at the side of the road including a wheelie bin containing burnt waste and beer cans, a mattress, a black suitcase containing ice skates, a bag of faeces and garden waste.

If items can be traced back to their owner, they could face a fine of up to £5,000.

Mike Featherby (pictured), the council’s head of streetscene services, said: “All reports of fly-tipping are investigated by the council and any evidence found will be used to bring a prosecution. As shown in this case, residents have a duty of care to make sure their waste is disposed of properly. It is regrettable that someone has probably unwittingly been drawn into committing an offence, but be clear the responsibility lies with the individual to make sure that their waste is disposed of correctly.”

To report fly-tipping call 01482 393939, or visit www.eastriding.gov.uk