The owner of a horse
livery yard in Surrey was saddled with a £900 fine after East Hampshire
District Council investigated a fly-tip at Whitehill Cemetery.
Emma Wickerson (26), of
Horsham Road, Surrey, pleaded guilty at Basingstoke Magistrates Court to
failing to ensure her waste was removed by a licensed carrier.
The waste, one ton of
bags stuffed with equestrian items and household refuse, was subsequently dumped
at Whitehill Cemetery in January 2019.
East Hampshire District
Council investigated the tip and officers were able to trace it back to the
Wickerson was formally
interviewed and accepted she paid a carrier £80 to remove the waste but had
not checked to make sure the carrier was licensed. The carrier could not be
traced by officers.
She was fined £900 and
ordered to pay a £90 victim surcharge, £100 costs and £440 compensation to
Sonja Reames, EHDC
environmental officer, who conducted the investigation, said: "The law
is quite clear on this subject - a person has a clear duty of care to ensure
their waste is disposed of properly.
“The only way to ensure
this duty is discharged is to use a licensed waste carrier and to demand a
written waste transfer note from them before the waste is removed.”
Natalie Meagher, Head
of Service for Neighbourhood Support at East Hampshire, said: “The illegal
dumping of waste is unfortunately a story that we are all too familiar with.
Fly-tipping on all levels is a blight on the landscape in which we live and
“In response to this,
EHDC’s Neighbourhood Quality team has worked hard over the last couple of
years to develop effective, responsive processes to ensure that, wherever
possible, investigations into fly-tipping are undertaken and prosecutions
brought to court.”