Facebook fly-tipper from Hull ordered to pay £1,323 for dumping building waste in Cottingham

Fri, 19 Oct 2018

A man from Hull who dumped a mound of building rubbish on a Cottingham roadside has been ordered to pay £1,323 by a court.

Andrew Broadbelt, care of Hessle Road, Hull, pleaded guilty to the illegal disposal of waste on land in Hull Road, Cottingham, when he appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 17 October.

Mr Broadbelt was fined £500 and was ordered to pay£723.68 costs and a victim surcharge of £50.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to attend court on a previous occasion and was fined a further £50.

The court heard members of the public reported the fly-tipping in Hull Road, near Snuff Mill Lane, Cottingham, to East Riding of Yorkshire Council and a streetscene enforcement officer investigated the scene on 26 March this year.

The officer found a large pile of waste including building materials, wood, doors, insulation, buckets, black rubbish bags, Christmas wrapping paper and a child’s doll.

Evidence found at the scene and further investigations led officers to Andrew Broadbelt.

Mr Broadbelt had been contacted via Facebook and agreed to dispose of rubbish for a fee for a Hull resident.

Instead of disposing of the rubbish correctly he dumped it in the East Riding.

Mr Broadbelt failed to respond to the council when contacted.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to remind residents they are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally.

Residents are urged to take any waste that can’t go in their bins to their local household waste recycling site, use the council’s own bulky waste collection service, or hire a licensed waste carrier to take the rubbish away

A licensed waste carrier should be used for any business waste, including builders’ waste.

Anyone caught fly-tipping could receive a £400 fixed penalty notice, or if the case goes to court they could face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.

Paul Tripp, head of the streetscene services at the council, said: “We continue to remind residents of the dangers of using people who respond to social media posts on platforms such as Facebook.

“To be clear, residents are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally.

“The council investigates all reports of fly-tipping and any evidence found will be used to take further action which could include a fixed penalty or even prosecution in court.”

Fly-tipping information:

  • Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939, or online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
  • People are asked not to touch any fly-tipped waste or approach anyone they see fly-tipping.
  • For guidance on how to check if a person is a registered waste carrier visit the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
  • The council provides a service offering to take away bulky waste, which costs £30 for up to five items.