Council wins in fight against flytipping
Published 4th May 2021
Flytipped boat in Buntingford
In April this year East Herts Council successfully prosecuted four individuals in relation to flytipping incidents in the district.

Three cases were heard at Stevenage Magistrates Court and the offenders were fined and also ordered to pay all costs incurred. 

Elizabeth Cash was charged with depositing or knowingly permitting waste to be dumped. Cash pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay £504 in fines and costs on 9 April. 

Sara Lightning was also charged with depositing or knowingly permitting waste to be dumped. Lightning pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay £237 in fines and costs on 14 April. 

Eilesha Jarman, who already had a Community Protection Notice (CPN) because of previous flytipping, didn’t stop and so when found guilty of breaching the CPN a second time, she was ordered to pay £454 in fines and costs on 9 April.

In the fourth case, a man from Hoddesdon was fined on 22 April by East Herts Council for the offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 after he deposited a blue boat in a layby near to Pearce’s Farm Shop causing obstruction in late 2020.  

Jonathan Geall, Head of Housing and Health at East Herts Council said, “These cases highlight how seriously the council takes flytipping. I hope that these successful prosecutions will discourage flytipping in our district and ensure that people take responsibility for their waste and how they dispose of it.”

Flytipping is a serious criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted. The courts have various powers available to them to tackle the issue, including imprisonment, an unlimited fine, orders to pay costs and an order to deprive rights to a vehicle used to commit the offence.

East Herts has seen a rise in flytipping and littering in recent months and the issue remains a high priority for the council. 

Jonathan Geall, added, “If you witnesses flytipping, please report it. Wherever possible, we will prosecute the offenders. Flytipping destroys our beautiful towns and countryside. There is absolutely no excuse for flytipping and it will not be tolerated.”

East Herts Council is part of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group which is a multi-agency taskforce including the Boroughs, Districts and County Council as well as the Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy which has come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly tipping. 

For further details see the scrap flytipping website.

You can report flytipping online or call 01279 655261.