17th January 2013

Another warning shot’s been sent out to people thinking about dumping waste illegally in the South Lakes.

South Lakeland District Council has underlined its zero tolerance approach after prosecuting a Windermere man for dumping tins of paint, a lawn mower, paper, a chair and general bagged waste in woods by Church Road at Witherslack.

19 year old Thomas Nigel Richardson of Claife Avenue pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Kendal Magistrates Court.

He was ordered to pay more than £700 in fines and costs.

Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, portfolio holder for the Environment, said: “This case follows a number of successful prosecutions the council has carried out against people who dump waste illegally. SLDC have a policy of zero tolerance against fly tipping and the council will always do everything possible to find offenders and prosecute them. We will continue to work hard to ensure that South Lakeland remains the best place to live, work and explore.”

SLDC’s Enforcement Officer, John Barwise, added: “SLDC treats environmental crime seriously and we investigate all reports of fly tipping very thoroughly and aim to do so within two working days. Following a report of fly tipping we visited the site immediately and sorted through the dumped waste, found sufficient evidence and proceeded with a prosecution. Fly tipping spoils the environment for everyone and the public can be reassured that the council will always prosecute offenders.”