Two waste handlers faced fines after illegal waste dumping

Wealden District Council has urged those involved in waste management to act responsibly and in accordance with the law. This call comes in light of the recent conviction of two waste handlers at Hastings Magistrates Court on 13 July.

Stephen Chapman from Gibbon Road, Newhaven admitted to two instances of fly-tipping and six related offences. He had discarded waste collected from Brighton, Bexhill, and Ringmer.

In another case, Karl Miles from Parklands, Maresfield admitted to two offenses connected to fly-tipped waste from his residence and business.

Sites like Friston Forest, Jevington, and Hollow Lane in Blackboys suffered due to this irresponsible dumping.

The court directed Mr. Chapman to pay a fine of £1,292, a Victim Surcharge of £517, and cover the council’s costs amounting to £1,191.

Mr. Miles was penalized with a £480 fine, a £192 Victim Surcharge, and council expenses of £554.

Councillor Gareth Owen-Williams, a member of the Alliance for Wealden and a Liberal Democrat representative for Crowborough Jarvis Brook, stated, “These outcomes serve as a warning against fly-tipping, highlighting our zero tolerance for such illicit activities that tarnish Wealden’s scenic landscapes. Ensure your waste handlers are licensed, always ask for their credentials, and retain all transaction records. Together, we can eradicate fly-tipping.”

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