Landowner prosecuted for not clearing fly-tipping

Published Thursday, 31 May 2018

A landowner has been prosecuted for failing to clear fly-tipping from his land in Blackbrook Lane, Bromley.

Dean Osborn of Danson Mead, Welling, failed to attend Bromley Magistrates’ Court to answer the charge of failing to comply with an Untidy Site Notice, contrary to section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The matter was heard in his absence and he was found guilty and ordered to pay a total of £942.

Councillor Colin Smith, Leader of Bromley Council and Bickley Ward Councillor said, “This prosecution follows our promise to take action against those who have neglected to take responsibility for removing fly-tipping from their land. Although some land has been cleared, it’s likely to be the first of many prosecutions. If the other owners make no attempt to remove the mess from their plot of green belt land, we’ll have no option but to take similar action. We will of course, keep this under review and take further steps as needed.” 

The private land, adjacent to Bickley Manor Hotel and Bromley High School in Blackbrook Lane, is divided into 35 different plots and owned by private individuals each with responsibility for their piece of land. During last summer, the land had been subjected to fly-tipping when travellers illegally occupied the site. 

Since then, the Council has been contacting the individual landowners requesting that they arrange for the fly-tipping to be removed from their piece of land. Although this involves a lengthy, legal process, the council is persisting as the owners have a responsibility for the upkeep of their land. Those that have failed to comply with keeping their plot tidy will also face prosecution. A number of plots have been issued with Untidy Site Notices and where these plots have not yet been cleared action is ongoing.

Residents are reminded not to give others the opportunity to fly-tip their goods or waste. Each person is responsible for their own waste and by giving it to someone else to dispose of still means that if they fly-tip your waste, you could be prosecuted and fined.

The council is working hard to stop those responsible for fly-tipping and damaging the neighbourhood in a number of ways including the use of intelligence information, CCTV surveillance, ‘We’re Watching You’ campaign and ‘stop and search’ operations. They can also issue FPNs, prosecute offenders and seize vehicles involved in fly-tipping and from those unable to prove they are legitimate waste carriers. The Enviro-crime reward scheme offers up to £500 for residents with information that helps the council prosecute offenders.

Residents are also reminded that garden waste can be disposed of as part of the council’s garden waste collection service for an annual subscription of £60. Garden waste and other bulky waste is accepted at the council’s reuse and recycling centres for no charge (for residents and for traders at a charge). 

For legal waste disposal options, businesses and residents are advised to visit www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews

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Notes to editors: 

  • The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 23 May 2018. 
  • Mr Osborn was ordered to pay a fine of £440 plus £44 surcharge and £458 in costs to the Council.
  • For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670  or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk