A MAN convicted of fly-tipping for leaving a rubbish-filled cardboard box outside a bin shed could be the first of many prosecutions.
That’s the message from leaders at Havant Borough Council, which is vowing to continue its zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling.
Julian Bowden, 44, of Partridge Gardens, Wecock, stood trial at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court for leaving a cardboard box full of fish tank materials in the street outside a bin shed.
The box was left next to the recycling bin beneath a ‘no fly-tipping’ sign.
Bowden told magistrates the locks on the gates to the bin shed were broken and he could not get in. He told the court: ‘I could not get in. There was a broken lock.’
He said he was not able to take it to the nearest tip, in Waterlooville, because he did not have a car.
He said he believed the council pursuing the case was ‘petty’.
But Michael Meehan, who works for landlord Portsmouth City Council as an estate services officer, said the locks were not faulty.
He said: ‘I looked from 2009 to current day. For that cage there’s never been a repair for a communal bin shed.’
The council was seeking costs of around £295 for bringing the case to court, but as Bowden is unemployed, magistrates ordered him to pay £50.
He was also fined £110 and must pay a victim surcharge of £20.
Despite being out of pocket on the prosecution, Councillor Tony Briggs, who heads environment, said the message was clear.
He told The News: ‘Our position is zero tolerance on litter and that includes fly-tipping. I have no intention of not pursuing every incident of littering, fly-tipping or dog fouling.’
In other cases brought by the council, three people pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and received six months conditional discharges and were ordered to pay costs.
They were Alun Jones, of Grosvenor House, Somers Town, Portsmouth (for an offence in Wecock); Daniel Camburn, of Chaffinch Green, Wecock and Jason Stanley, of Kite Close, Wecock.