Eastbourne council gets tough over fly-tipping

EASTBOURNE Borough Council has prosecuted four offenders for environmental and anti-social behaviour offences.

Ashley Ellis, 21, of Seaside Road, failed to attend the hearing but was found guilty in his absence for the offence of fly-tipping.

The charge related to the dumping of a three-seater sofa which was found by a skip on the pavement outside Treasure Island.

Mr Ellis was fined £350 and ordered to pay £75 towards the council’s costs.

Ian Tidbury, 39, of Wish Hill, was found guilty in his absence for the offence of littering and fined £175 and ordered to pay £50 towards the council’s costs.

Stacey Shantel, 27, of Walsingham Close, pleaded guilty to the offence of fly-tipping; she was fined £100 and ordered to pay £50 costs.

Darren Keilly, 41, of Glynde Avenue, Hampden Park, failed to attend to answer to the charge of urinating in public and was found guilty in his absence where he was fined £100 and ordered to pay £50 costs.

Cabinet portfolio holder Councillor Steve Wallis said, “Eastbourne Borough Council are determined to continue the work of improving the towns environment.

“We will not hesitate to take action and prosecute anyone who is caught breaking any environmental laws.

“We are very pleased to see a number of successful prosecutions as this reinforces the council’s commitment to the cleanliness of the town.”

Signs have been placed in known fly tipping areas informing the public that the dumping of rubbish is a criminal offence.

The council will prosecute anyone found and caught fly-tipping.