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Lincoln woman fined for dumping waste in her own car port

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

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A Lincoln woman who dumped waste from her own house clearance has been fined.

Margaret Bentley, of Appleby Way, Lincoln, admitted a charge of disposing waste in a way which could harm the environment or human health after leaving the waste in a car port linked to her home.

The prosecution was brought against her and a man who helped her to move the waste by North Kesteven District Council.

On March 28 this year, Bentley was moving out of her home in Greenfinch Crescent, Witham St Hughs and rather than making arrangements for her waste to be removed or disposed of properly it was left in the car port of the property.

No attempt was made to clear the waste away and, with the carport being open to the public, there was a danger that children could be harmed if they played in the carport as well as potential for a vermin infestation.

North Kesteven District Council removed the waste at a cost of £508.19. It included a mattress, broken mirror, piles of wood, metal, electrical items and scores of filled refuse sacks stacked to the roof.

During a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates' Court, Bentley was ordered to pay the full clear up costs and £150 towards legal costs in addition to a victim surcharge.

Neil Ellis, of Epson Way, Lincoln failed to attend court to answer a charge of failing to give information to help with the investigation. The case against him was proved in his absence and he was fined £200 plus a further £150 in costs.

Cllr Richard Wright, executive board member responsible for waste services and enforcement, said: “Although this was domestic rubbish left in what would appear to be a private location, there was open public access, no attempt to do anything to secure it or remove it and, above all, what would seem to be a complete disregard for public safety.

“This case illustrates the dangers of irresponsible dumping of waste in public places, for which there can be no excuse when there is such a comprehensive range of services to help residents dispose of their waste safely, securely and with confidence.”

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  • Pete67  |  December 12 2013, 8:20AM

    Funny that it would have been cheaper to pay the council to dispose of it. I don't know why people don't seem to think of that option.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 11 2013, 6:00PM

    Nice way of justifying your position jobs worth and preserving ones salary .

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