Court hearing for fly-tipping
PUBLISHED: 12:01 30 March 2006 | UPDATED: 14:38 12 May 2010
BUILDERS' waste ended up being fly-tipped on the edge of Melbourn after two casual workers were left to take it to a tip. The man who left them to do the job was Daren Paul David Coventon, who admitted contravening the Environment Protection Act 1990 when
BUILDERS' waste ended up being fly-tipped on the edge of Melbourn after two casual workers were left to take it to a tip. The man who left them to do the job was Daren Paul David Coventon, who admitted contravening the Environment Protection Act 1990 when he appeared at Ely Magistrates' Court. Magistrates were told that as the man in charge of the waste he had a duty of care to ensure that it was taken to a proper place for disposal, that he filled in the right paperwork, and that he gave it to a registered person for disposal. The pile of builders' waste was discovered on a track, London Way, and in among it was a letter with an address in London. The householder confirmed that he had had building work done and gave the name of the contractor. The contractor confirmed from photographs that it was the same rubbish, but said he had given it to Coventon. Coventon, of Granville Road, Luton, told magistrates he had borrowed a van from the contractor to remove some grass waste and the builders' rubbish was already in the vehicle. He left two casual workers he employed at his vehicle paint shop in Luton to take it to a local tip and gave them directions to the site, but gave them no money to dispose of it. The site would not have been able to take building waste as it was for household waste only, but anywhere that did would have charged about £40 per tonne and there was no more than three tonnes, magistrates were told. The case was brought by the Environment Agency, but was investigated in partnership with Chris Bradley, an enforcement officer with South Cambridgeshire District Council. The hearing was adjourned for reports until April 25 when Coventon will be sentenced. After the hearing Environment Agency David Block said: "Fly-tipping blights the Cambridgeshire countryside. I consider it a matter of principle that a prosecution is brought for all offences that lead to illegal dumping of waste. "Both the agency and the district council endeavour to bring those who threaten the quality of our environment to justice.