The Council has successfully prosecuted a resident for illegally disposing of general waste in Bursledon.
The defendant, Mr Peter Rowell of Bishopstoke was fined £200 and ordered to pay £480 costs to the Council with a £20 victim surcharge.
Following a report in May 2013 of an abandoned caravan in Shop Lane, Bursledon an Environmental Health officer went to inspect the vehicle and found it was full of rubbish. Although the vehicle had no Registration Number, a search of the rubbish revealed a letter with an address on it. From this officers were able to trace the owner of the rubbish.
When interviewed it transpired that the owner of the rubbish had paid Mr Rowell to remove rubbish from his property and dispose of it. When interviewed Mr Rowell admitted being paid to take the rubbish away, putting it in the caravan and then giving the caravan to a group of doorstep traders for disposal.
On 6 June 2014 at Southampton Magistrates Court, Mr Rowell pleaded guilty to two offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for not meeting his duty of care for the waste and acting as an unlicensed waste carrier.
Deputy Leader of the Council Anne Winstanley said:
“Hopefully this successful prosecution will send a message to people that they must take responsibility for the rubbish they produce. Paying for your rubbish to be disposed of by an unlicensed waste carrier might seem to be the cheap option, but in this case it cost Mr Rowell £700. Please make sure that you know where your rubbish is going and use licensed waste carriers. Eastleigh Borough Council will prosecute waste related offences wherever possible.”