Croydon tradesman fined £3,000 for fly-tipping
The owner of a Croydon-based decorating business is just one of eight people who appeared in Croydon Magistrates’ Court on April 5 for committing fly-tipping and waste offences in the district.
Daniel Pierre, 29, received the biggest fine of the day at Croydon Magistrates’ Court after council officers traced 20 bags of fly-tipped waste back to his Dinerowork Ltd decorating business. Mr Piere dumped the waste in Lodge Lane, Purley, in March but was caught out by investigating council officers.
He was fined £3,300 in court and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work. This was the harshest punishment handed out to the eight individuals and businesses who were being prosecuted by Croydon Council for waste offences.
An estate agent and a food supplier were both fined for fly-tipping trade waste in Melfort Road and Beulah Road respectively. Other individuals were fined for dumping a chair, bags of rubbish, waste wood and even for dropping a cigarette butt on the ground. Magistrates handed out fines totalling £6,700 to the defendants.
The prosecutions come following a major Croydon Council campaign, ‘Don’t Mess With Croydon’, which has resulted in a serious crackdown on fly-tipping and waste offences within the area.
Stuart Collins, the councillor heading the campaign, commented on the issue: “Whether you’re dumping your own rubbish or letting someone else do your dirty work illegally, it all blights our borough and this council will continue to take court action whenever we need to.”
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