Land owner prosecuted for failure to dispose of waste

North East Derbyshire District Council has prosecuted a landowner in Eckington for failing to comply with a council notice requiring him to remove this accumulation of waste from his property in December 2018.

Mr Jeremy White was served with a legal notice under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 by the Environmental Enforcement team after officers found a large accumulation of black bags and other waste on his land which had attracted rats.

Officers found evidence in the waste prior to it being cleared and issued several fixed penalties to nearby residents and a business under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for contributing to it.

Mr White failed to comply with the notice requiring him to remove the accumulation, resulting in the Council having to clear it incurring significant costs. Mr White pleaded guilty for failing to comply with the notice at Chesterfield Magistrates court and was fined £660 in addition to paying the council’s costs of £1115.68.

North East Derbyshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Charlotte Cupit said, “As a landowner you have a responsibility to maintain your land and keep it clear of fly tipping. As a council which aims to protect our resident’s safety, we will prosecute those who fail to comply. We want to keep our district free of fly tipping as it is a danger to the environment and an eyesore to all”.