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Fly-tipping costs residents £1,000 after council takes them to court

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

  • 'DISGUSTING' SIGHT: Natalie Moran's rubbish in Theaker Avenue Nature Park.

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Two residents of a Lincolnshire town are facing a joint bill of £1,000 after their local coouncil investigated two extreme fly-tipping cases.

Gainsborough woman Natalie Anne Moran was ordered to pay £770 after she admitted dumping household waste including sanitary wear and nappies on a nature park close to her home.

And Lee Anthony Woodmansey, also from Gainsborough, was told to pay £240 after rubbish from his property was found at Harpswell, nine miles away.

Lincoln Magistrates Court was told yesterday, Thursday, that Moran left her household rubbish on Theaker Avenue Nature Park on or around August 25 last year.

In a prosecution brought by West Lindsey District Council, the court heard that there were 20 assorted bags containing household waste.

It included books, papers, toys, clothing, numerous disposable nappies - and dirty sanitary wear.

Young children were seen playing in the rubbish, splitting the bags open and spreading the mess across an area of about three square metres.

Judge John Stobart said: “This is the nastiest piece of rubbish tipping that has come before me - and I have seen a few.

"It is a disgusting offence in a recreational place where children play.”

Documentation belonging to Moran was discovered in the rubbish, she was interviewed and admitted that all her bins were full and she couldn’t be bothered to take it to the local Gainsborough tip.

Moran, 29, of Theaker Avenue, Gainsborough, pleaded guilty. She and was fined £150, and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge and £600 compensation to the council for clear-up and investigative costs.

WLDC enforcement officer Kevin Dunne said: "This could have been prevented. If Ms Moran had first contacted the council we could have removed her excess rubbish from her home address for just a small charge.

“We will take robust enforcement action against anyone negligently depositing rubbish in public places, especially in a recreational area where children play.”

Woodmansey, 26, of Richmond Road in Gainsborough, pleaded guilty to a breach of the householder's duty of care regulations in relation to domestic waste.

He admitted failing to make sure a scrap man he paid to dump his rubbish - which ended up at Harpswell - had a waste carrier's licence.

Woodmansey was fined £70, with a victim's surcharge of £20 and £150 costs.

WLDC licensing committee chairman Jessie Milne said: "These cases show that if you not get rid of your waste in the proper manner, we will prosecute you.

“It’s not fair that other residents have to see the eyesore that this causes, or have to pay extra council tax to get it cleared up.”

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  • Ascerbia  |  February 16 2014, 8:30PM

    dougal110 - *** are you talking about? fly-tipping stolen ideals by government officials..... Please expand and I'll take it up with your MP for you.

  • dougal110  |  February 14 2014, 7:39PM

    Surely the council do not get their own house in order - they are fly-tipping their ill begotten ideals on our doorstep. Shame they too cannot be fined!