Lavington fly-tipper grassed up
A resident from Market Lavington who was spotted fly-tipping grass cuttings and other green waste on a public byway has been issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice (FPN) by Wiltshire Council.
Environmental Enforcement Officers from the council were alerted to the incident and were shown photos of the person taking a green wheelie bin out from the rear of a car and emptying its contents on to a public byway near Market Lavington.
The person was challenged by a member of the public. The incident was then reported to the council and the person responsible was traced and fined by Environmental Enforcement Officers.
The witness, who captured the incident on camera and reported it to the council was rewarded with a £100 voucher, as part of the council's We're Targeting Fly-tippers campaign. The campaign rewards witnesses that provide the council with information that leads to a successful prosecution or issuing of an FPN.
FPNs for fly tipping were introduced in 2016 to allow local authorities in England to issue a £400 fine. Dealing with smaller fly-tips by way of FPNs avoids long, drawn out prosecutions at significant cost. The recipients cannot be named as it is not a conviction in court.
To find out more about the We're Targeting Fly-tippers campaign, go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community-environment-wtf.