Fine for rubbish dumper who ignored warnings

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A WOMAN has been ordered to pay fines and court costs of almost £700 for dumping her rubbish bags on public land.

Valerie Winslow,41, of Vellan Avenue was found guilty in her absence at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on Friday, December 17.

She had breached a notice served under section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 that stated that she must put her waste at her property boundary at or just before 7am on the estate’s collection day – which for Fishermead is a Wednesday.

In May of this year, officers from Milton Keynes Council served notice on Ms Winslow informing her of how, when and where she could leave her waste out for collection.

Then on less than a month later on Monday, June 14, council officers found a black waste bag and a green bin on the pavement directly outside her address.

On that occasion enquiries were made to her and other residents living close by and she was issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice.

Despite a letter being sent out to her she failed to pay the amount in the allotted time and was therefore ordered to appear in court to answer the charges.

Magistrates heard the evidence, despite her not actually being in court on the day, and she was found guilty of breaching the notice.

She was fined £350 and ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of £326.40 on top of that.

Safer Communities manager, Pete Roberts, said: “In order to avoid polluting your neighbourhood, we ask that residents keep waste secure and on their own land.

“Our contractors will collect household refuse and recycling from the boundary of the property adjacent to the highway of almost every house in the Borough.

“On this occasion, we tried to educate this resident on the best way to deal with her waste, but she chose to ignore us and has got herself into trouble as a result.”