Witness appeal for Chislehurst fly-tipping

Published Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Witnesses are being asked to contact the council after broken roof tiles were dumped from a vehicle last week in Belmont Lane, Chislehurst.

The appeal for information follows a lorry load of broken roof tiles being dumped along the road in Belmont Lane near Edgebury, and in the adjacent footpath next to Belmont Open Space. The lorry, believed to be a ‘tipper’ type truck, appears to have reversed along the footpath before driving off with the tail gate down spreading the 4 tonnes of waste along the path and road. Anyone with information, particularly a photo or description of the vehicle and registration plate, is asked to report it confidentially at www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said, “This latest flagrant example of dumped rubbish not only spoils the environment it is the dangerous behaviour of a small minority who seem to have total disregard for road users. Although the time-consuming clean-up operation was carried out by our contractors, residents helped too and did a magnificent job. We’re working hard to stamp out fly-tipping in our borough through our “fly-tippers – we’re watching you campaign”. Someone might have seen something, no matter how small or insignificant, we want to know. We take this type of crime incredibly seriously, so if your information enables us to prosecute we’re offering up to £500 as a thank you.”

Councillor Lymer continued, “Unfortunately, people often don’t check that their waste is being removed by an authorised, licensed waste carrier and fly-tipping is often the result.”

Anyone witnessing fly-tipping or another enviro-crime is advised to report it to the police and tell the council the information at www.bromley,gov.uk/envirocrime. A description of the offender, vehicle registration, photograph or any other detailed information would be useful evidence and may enable the council to prosecute. The enviro-crime reward scheme may award up to £500 to anyone whose information helps successfully prosecute an offender. 

Anyone simply reporting fly-tipping and dumped rubbish for removal should do so online via www.bromley.gov.uk/report. Dumped rubbish is cleared from the public highway by council contractors usually within five working days of being reported, depending on the quantity involved and location. In some instances, arrangements may need to be made for a special vehicle to remove large-scale fly-tips.  

Residents and businesses have a duty of care to dispose of their waste responsibly or they could face a substantial fine or court action under the Environment Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (1). Householders should be cautious about giving their garden or building waste to cold callers offering a seemingly cheap price to remove it. By law, waste carriers must pay to dispose waste at a waste transfer station but unauthorised waste carriers may evade these costs by dumping it.

To ensure the business is legitimate, residents are advised to ask to see their waste carriers licence or check online at www.bromley.gov.uk/wastecarriers before handing over any waste. Anyone choosing to use an unauthorised waste carrier risks a fine of up to £5,000 if the waste is dumped and traced back to the householder.

Trade waste must be disposed of either through the council's business waste disposal service or a commercial licensed waste carrier. Tradespeople may take their business waste to a waste transfer station and dispose of it themselves but they must be registered as a waste carrier to do so. Businesses wishing to arrange regular trade waste collections should visit www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews or call 0300 303 8658.

More information and advice on how to dispose of all types of waste is available at www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews.


Notes to editors:

  • The fly-tipped roof tiles were discovered / removed on Friday 16 November 2018.
  • For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk