An Abbots Langley resident has been fined almost £500 after dumping waste on the pavement outside his flat in the village.
Stephen Murray, 54, of College Road, dumped wood, rubble and other building waste between March and September on the pavement outside his flat after carrying out building works.
Murray was prosecuted after ignoring repeated requests to remove the waste. He also ignored a summons to attend court. A warrant was issued for Murray’s arrest and he was brought before the court in police custody.
After pleading guilty at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on December 8 to fly tipping and Murray was fined £480, ordered to pay Three Rivers District Council’s costs of £400 and the victim surcharge of £48, totalling £928.
Councillor Phil Williams, lead member for environmental services, climate change and sustainability, said: “Depositing waste in this way impacts not only the local environment, but also the community living in the area and costs the council to remove. By continuing to prosecute, we hope to discourage others from fly tipping and encourage residents to ensure their waste is collected and disposed of legally. Fly tipping does not always look like this, leaving items outside charity shops, next to litter bins, or against textile banks is also classed as fly tipping”.
The council is part of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group which runs the award-winning #SCRAPflytipping campaign to encourage all residents to use the SCRAP code when arranging for waste to be taken away.