West Berkshire Council

Flytipper prosecuted and ordered to pay £2,500

Joseph Symonds formerly of Wyresdale, Bracknell was convicted at Reading Magistrates Court on 14 March 2018.

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Joseph Symonds, 30, formerly of Wyresdale, Bracknell was convicted at Reading Magistrates Court on 14 March 2018.

Mr Symonds pleaded guilty of failing to comply with the duty of care required under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in that he failed to prevent waste being flytipped by another person. Mr Symonds was ordered to pay more than £2,500.

Dumped rubbish was found in the car park at Savernake Pond, Bracknell by a Street Cleansing Operative in October 2016. Evidence was found in the rubbish which related to a Surrey resident. On investigation, it was established that the resident had found Joseph Symonds, via an internet search, and had paid him to take the rubbish and dispose of it at Longshot Lane Recycling Centre.

Accepting guilt, Mr Symonds advised the court that he had been paid £50 to dispose of the waste but had in fact sold the waste on to someone else to dispose on his behalf. He paid this person £65 and accepted he had not undertaken proper checks of who he then sold the waste on to.

Mr Symonds was prosecuted by officers from the Public Protection Partnership* for failing in his duty of care to carry and dispose of the waste correctly. 

Commenting on the case, Steve Loudoun, Chairman of the Public Protection Management Board, said 'This case demonstrates that using new powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Public Protection Partnership will pursue those who do not deal with waste correctly, whether or not they actually dump the waste..' 

He went on to say: 'Any Bracknell, West Berkshire or Wokingham resident that has concerns about activity of this nature, or any other trading standards or public protection matter, should contact the service on 01635 519930 or e-mail: ehadvice@westberks.gov.uk.'

*The Public Protection Partnership is a shared service of Bracknell Forest Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council and delivers trading standards, environmental health and licensing functions and manages the work of the Public Protection Partnership (Environmental Health, Licensing and Trading Standards) for Bracknell Forest Borough Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council.