Putney man to appear in court over big flytip discovery

Published: Tuesday 10th July 18

A Putney man has been ordered to appear in court next month following the discovery of a large flytip in Putney Park Lane.

The man has been issued with a summons to attend Lavender Hill magistrates on August 14 after a large pile of waste was found dumped in the lane at the end of May.

The man is accused of being responsible for this flytip

The resident is accused of an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for being responsible for the flytip that included a carpet, microwave, a folding bed, plastic laundry baskets and more than a dozen black binbags.

The summons follows an investigation carried out by the council’s parks police service, which led them to the front door of a nearby property.

The maximum penalty that can be imposed by the courts following conviction for a serious flytip offence is an unlimited fine and/or a prison sentence of up to five years.

Residents wanting rubbish cleared can have it removed by the council for a modest fee. To book a collection call (020) 8871 8558 or visit http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/specialcollections. If households choose a licensed private contractor instead they must ask for a proper receipt.

People having work done on their properties should always check with their builders and any other contractors precisely how they will be disposing of any waste materials. They should be extremely wary of people knocking on their doors unannounced and offering to take away their rubbish.

Cowboy waste contractors often drive around residential areas looking for homes that are being refurbished or cleared. They will approach the owner and offer to take “junk” away for a cut price rate.

But instead of taking it to a proper waste disposal site and paying the appropriate fees, they simply dump it somewhere nearby – often in parks or other open spaces – leaving taxpayers to foot the clean-up bill.

In these cases it is not just the flytipper who is committing a crime – the householder who paid them to take their waste away is also liable under the law.

Anyone with information about rubbish being dumped should telephone (020) 8871 6396 or email flytipwitness@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk. All information will be treated in confidence.

  • The council’s determination to tackle those who dump rubbish on the streets has been highlighted by new figures that show that more than 5,000 on-the-spot fines have been handed out to litter and flytipping offenders in just over a year.

To date, since the end of March 2017 a total of 5,099 fines have been issued to individuals and rogue businesses who’ve dumped litter or waste on the borough’s streets.

The number of fines issued in just over a year

More than 1,300 of these penalties were handed to people who had either thrown litter from a moving vehicle or involved businesses that blocked pavements with their commercial waste. And 174 were given to individuals found to be responsible for more serious flytips.
The council is determined to keep Wandsworth’s streets looking good and punishing those who commit this type of environmental crime.

The most recent Government figures show that the council’s efforts are yielding results. The latest official statistics published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that despite being inner London’s largest borough and also its most populous, Wandsworth accounted for less than 1.2 per cent of all flytips across the capital’s 33 boroughs.

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Recent comments

Garratt Terrace still the same.
David Hall

14 July 2018

There is a regular flytip appearing at the top of Glycena Road (at Lavender Hill corner). A resident from one of the flats at the corner building was responsible. I reported him as he left an addressed envelope visible through a polythene bag. I was then asked to take photographs and send them to the borough office. I am in my 70's and suffer from osteoarthritis, I wasn't able to do it. It seemed quite unfair to me to be asked to carry out this task when I had already taken the trouble to monitor the spot and report the culprit when I found one.I agree with Mr Olivier Desbarres.
Mrs Annie Lass

13 July 2018

Great news that another fly-tipper has been found out and is being prosecuted. But Wandsworth Council is still well behind the curve when it comes to tackling fly-tipping and littering in Battersea. There is a lack of bins and/or these bins are not emptied often enough, including on the busy Battersea Park Road and in Battersea Park, and fly-tipping remains an almost daily occurrence on the corner of Battersea Park Road and Cupar Road. And yet the Council seem unable or unwilling to do anything about it.
Olivier Desbarres

13 July 2018

Great. A 5 year prison sentence £1bn fine seems about right.
Philip Sheard

13 July 2018