Another fly-tipper busted
Wiltshire Council has successfully prosecuted Bryan Burrows, aged 54, of 4 York Place, St Martins, Marlborough after he pleaded guilty to fly-tipping a sofa on Woodborough Road, Pewsey. He was also prosecuted for failing to provide waste transfer notes to the council and for failing in his duty of care in relation to the lawful disposal of commercial waste. He was fined a total of £2,815, including costs, when he appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 28 September.
The court heard how Mr Burrows was paid £50 for three days' work clearing waste from the garden of a house in Pewsey, despite having no driving licence and driving an uninsured vehicle.
The sofa was among the waste removed from the property and was found dumped on Woodborough Road, Pewsey. It was traced to a householder, who assisted the council in identifying the culprit. Mr Burrows claimed the sofa fell out of the back seat of the Volkswagen Golf without him noticing. This excuse was not accepted by the council or the magistrates.
In addition to dumping the sofa, Mr Burrows could not produce the waste transfer notes for any of the other waste that was removed from the property; this would have shown in writing how it was lawfully disposed of. The vehicle he used to remove the waste was seized and crushed by Wiltshire Police for being driven without a driving licence and insurance.
Residents can report fly tipping online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshire-online-reporting , or by calling 0300 456 0100.