Builder could face court action after flytip discovery
Published: Friday 26th May 17
A local builder faces being summonsed to appear in front of magistrates following the discovery of a large flytip on Tooting Common earlier this week.
A huge pile of timber, rubble and debris was found in Furzedown Road early on Monday morning.
Evidence gleaned from the flytip led the council’s parks police officers to a residential address in Streatham where extensive building work was being carried out.
A full dossier of evidence will shortly be examined by the council’s legal team and could lead to the builder and others being summonsed to appear in court.
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 having work done on their properties should always check with their builders and 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.
Residents wanting rubbish cleared can call the town hall on (020) 8871 8558. The council will remove waste for a modest fee. If households choose a licensed private contractor instead they must make sure they get a proper receipt.
Anyone with information about rubbish being dumped should telephone (020) 8871 6396. All calls will be treated in confidence.