Council takes Winsford fly-tipper to court

13 August 2018

A Winsford woman has been ordered to pay a total of £655 after being prosecuted for fly-tipping by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Sharon Cook (49), of Lulworth Close, Winsford was prosecuted for the fly-tipping of 10 bags of domestic waste on a grassed area near Radcliffe Road in Winsford.

An investigation was started in February 2017 when the Council’s Regulatory Services team received an anonymous report of fly-tipping, and the waste was traced to Ms Cook.

Despite three letters requesting an interview with Ms Cook, she failed to contact Regulatory Services officers regarding the matter.  Last month Chester Magistrates’ Court issued a warrant for her arrest.

On Thursday, 9 August, the Court imposed fines and costs totalling £655. Ms Cook received a fine of £225 for the fly-tipping offence and was also ordered to pay costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £30.

As well as the environmental impact of making our streets look dirty and untidy, it costs the Council around £600,000 a year to clear litter and fly-tipped waste in the Northwich, Ellesmere Port and Chester areas.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Following previous successful prosecutions, this case will hopefully act as a deterrent to potential offenders and make them think twice before fly-tipping waste.

“Sadly, some people still think they can dispose of rubbish wherever they want causing problems for residents and draining Council services.
“We will continue with a zero tolerance approach to fly-tippers, and they should remember that in some cases they can be sent to the Crown Court, where the penalty is up to five years imprisonment.”

If you discover illegal tipping of waste or see it being tipped, support the Council’s Street Care Pledge and report it 24 hours a day on the Council’s website (search ’fly-tipping’), on the Your Streets website, via Twitter (@Go_Cheshirewest), or in person at any of the Council’s Customer Service Centres.

The fly-tipping waste on a grassed area near Radcliffe Road in Winsford
The fly-tipping waste on a grassed area near Radcliffe Road in Winsford

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