On Monday 13th January 2014 at Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court a 49 year old man from Vicarage Road, Pitsone pleaded guilty to legally dumping household waste in a woodland beauty spot on the Ashridge National Trust estate.
The offender was fined £298 and ordered to pay £2,000 in clean up and prosecution costs.
The court heard that on Monday 20th May 2013 an estate volunteer found a large amount of waste dumped at an area of woodland known as The Coombe off Beacon Road, Ringshall. The area of woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
National Trust Rangers investigated and found details which Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire investigators later traced to a Hemel Hempstead address. Residents at the address said they had a household clear-out and waste had been removed by the offender.
Investigators contacted the offender and the waste disappeared from The Coombe. He told magistrates he had returned to clear it.
Magistrates accepted that the offender had returned to clear the waste at his own cost and that he was remorseful, also that he had been under pressure at the time owing to a marriage breakdown.
Magistrates imposed a victim surcharge of £29, making a total to pay of £2,327.
The case was brought by Buckinghamshire County Council on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, which launched its ‘Illegal Dumping Costs’ campaign in October 2003 to combat fly tipping in Buckinghamshire.
Since October 2003, the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire has secured more than 400 convictions for illegal dumping and related offences. On average, there is at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire. This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a saving of more than £1 million for residents.
Report fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire by calling 0845 330 1856 or report it on-line at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly