Media release - issued 09 Jun 2021

Fence panel fly-tip results in ticket for Farnborough resident

A Farnborough man who fly-tipped his old fence panels has had to pay a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

The resident, who lives on the Pinewood Park estate dumped the waste on an unregistered track which runs between the estate and Lakeside Gardens, at the end of April, and has now paid the fine. The council was tipped off by a member of the public calling in.

When spoken to by Rushmoor Borough Council's Community Patrol Officers, the man - who cannot be named for legal reasons - admitted he should not have dumped them 

Fly-tippers currently face a maximum FPN of £400 (reduced to £200 for early payment) or, if prosecuted in court, an unlimited fine. 

As part of an ongoing campaign, the council's officers visited a number of fly tipping 'hot spots' in May to letter drop households and talk to residents. They also installed warning signs on lampposts and put posters up on local noticeboards and other locations. High visibility patrols are also being carried out. 

Offenders could face big fines if they fly-tip their rubbish, even if is dumped by someone else. They must use a licensed waste carrier or take it to a household recycling centre.  

Residents can check if someone is licensed on Hampshire County Council's Licensed waste carriers web page.

Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Operational Services, Councillor Maurice Sheehan, said: "We have had a very positive response to our campaign, particularly in Caswell Close, Farnborough, where residents have even cleared away existing fly-tips. I would like to thank everyone who supports our work, and particularly to those who report fly-tips and fly-tippers. Every fly-tip reported is investigated to establish the source of the waste, including following up evidence contributed by residents.

"We will continue to investigate every case of fly-tipping with a view to strong enforcement. The illegal dumping of waste damages the environment, brings huge risks to public health and costs so much to clear up. Fighting this blight will remain a top priority for is. Those offending can expect a fine and possibly a day in court with all the publicity that comes with it." 

Residents are encouraged to report any incidents on our Fly-tipping web page or by calling 01252 398399. 


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