Estate Agent Fined For Fly-Tipping

Wimbledon Magistrates hear waste was dumped

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Wimbledon Magistrates have fined an estate agent for fly-tipping offences after building waste was dumped behind garages.

McMichael Estate Limited, a letting agent, based on Upper Tooting Road, was fined £1,760 for two offences, ordered to pay £740 costs and a £15 victim surcharge when they appeared at the court on July 2.

The court heard the company gave building waste to an unauthorised person to dispose of on January 25. It was later left on land in front of garages at the back of Westway, Raynes Park.

Merton Council deputy leader and cabinet member for performance and implementation Councillor Mark Betteridge said afterwards: "We are working hard to keep Merton’s streets clean so residents can enjoy and feel proud about where they live. We will not tolerate those who fly tip or allow others to do so and will stand up for the majority of law-abiding residents in the borough.

"Each year £250,000 is diverted away from residents’ services and used to clean up illegally dumped waste, and this has to end. The owner of the waste is equally responsible for ensuring that it is removed and taken to a safe an appropriate place and not dumped in the streets. Anyone offering to take residents’ waste must have the correct licence or they too will be caught and punished.”  

August 12, 2010