BANES council in fly tipping pledge after Westfield man Terrance Porch is fined
Council chiefs have vowed to keep up the pressure on fly tippers as a new policy brings in extra checks at official recycling sites.
Bath and North East Somerset Council has warned that fly tipping will not be tolerated after a Westfield man was fined for dumping a large amount of topsoil and stone on land at Shakespeare Road.
Terrance Victor Porch, 68, of Shakespeare Road, was fined £550 for the incident which took place last September, when he appeared before magistrates in Bath last week.
Porch, who had been prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, also received a 12-month conditional discharge.
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B&NES cabinet member for neighbourhoods Councillor David Dixon (Lib Dem, Oldfield) said: "This case serves as a warning to those people thinking about fly-tipping their waste and blighting the local community. Where reported, the council will investigate this environmental nuisance and use the full force of the law to punish offenders and shame them for their anti-social behaviour.
"In order to do this, the council needs help from the local community to tackle this menace. People reporting these offences to us put the council in a stronger position to ensure the perpetrator is caught and punished."
From April 2, residents using recycling centres such as the one at Old Welton on Radstock Road will need an electronic permit or their Discovery Card to prove they live in the area or they will be refused entry - sparking fears that more waste could be dumped in laybys or beauty spots.
A spokesman for B&NES said residents would save time and money with the introduction of the new scheme.
He added: "The council pays a significant amount of money each year for non-B&NES residents to dispose of their waste for free at our recycling centres. We cannot continue to subsidise this. This new permit should make it fairer for all – residents pay council tax to allow them to dispose of household rubbish and recycling they create and not that of residents living in other authority areas.
"As well as helping the council save costs, we hope that this will also reduce queuing times for residents at the centres. Our neighbouring authorities have already introduced similar schemes."
People need to register and once authorised, their vehicle licence plate will be recognised electronically when they drive into the centres.
People can find out more about the new permits or how to report fly tipping at the Hollies council offices in Midsomer Norton, by calling Council Connect on 01225 394041 or through the council's website www.bathnes.gov.uk.