A Wealden fly tipper has been sent to prison for eight months after admitting 13 offences over a year from June 2012 to May 2013.
Daniel John Barry Clarke, 24, of Dacre Road, Herstmonceux, also pleaded guilty to seven offences of failing to comply with his duty of care as a registered waste carrier. Magistrates at Hastings heard how on all but one occasion Mr Clarke had charged his customers to remove waste, but then dumped it at locations in the Wealden countryside.
These included five locations in Herstmonceux: Butler’s Lane, Cricketing Lane Chilsham Lane, New Bridge Road and Lower Road as well as Cinderford Lane, Hellingly; West Street Lane, Horam; Squirrel Lane, Magham Down and Shrieks Lane, Bodle Street Green. Five of the fly tips were blocking public rights of way. Magistrates said the offences were so serious that a custodial sentence was the only option.
Councillor Ann Newton, the Wealden cabinet member responsible for environmental protection, said, “This man was a menace to the environment, using scenic country lanes to dump van loads of building materials and household waste. At the same time, as a registered waste carrier, he has been conning his customers into believing they were paying to have their waste removed in a responsible legal way. It has resulted in building rubble, green waste, a broken up caravan, old kitchen units, tiles, toilet bowls, chairs, pipes, carpets, lawnmowers, toys and bedding being strewn about our countryside. We are grateful to the people who assisted us in identifying the fly tipped waste which enabled us to bring Mr Clarke to justice.”
If you have information about fly-tipping contact the Wealden District Council’s Street Scene Team on 01892 602723 or report it online. All householders and businesses have a duty of care to ensure their waste is taken away to proper sites by authorised individuals or companies. For more information check the Environment Agency online register or ring 0845 603 3113.