Resident prosecuted for fly-tipped furniture

Posted on: Monday 5 September 2022
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A resident has been prosecuted by Torfaen Council for fly-tipping after an eyewitness reported dumped household items, including broken furniture, a chair and carpet, near their home in Blaenavon. 

The eyewitness contacted their local Councillor to say they had seen three people walking past their house carrying the items and returning without them. They later found the items dumped at the end of New William Street on 20 September 2021.

The incident was reported to the council and an investigation by Environmental Health Officers traced the waste to Megan Gallagher, 31, of Heritage Gardens, Blaenavon, who, under Caution, admitted in writing to being responsible for the fly-tipping. 

Appearing at Newport Magistrates' Court on Thursday 25 August, the defendant, who asked in court to be referred to as Mr Alex Gallagher, admitted depositing controlled waste on land which was not covered by an environmental permit.  

He was fined £480, which was reduced to £320 to reflect the early guilty plea, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and the council’s full costs of £1,037.43. The total amount Mr Gallagher must pay is £1,391.43,which was agreed would be paid at a rate of £20 per month.

Councillor Mandy Owen, Executive Member for Environment, said: "There is no excuse for fly-tipping in our communities. Waste that is not correctly disposed of can be an eye-sore for local residents and visitors to Torfaen, and be potentially dangerous to the public, especially children and animals, as well as the natural environment.

"We would like to thank the person who reported this incident and urge anyone else with information about fly-tipping to get in touch."

 Fly-tipping can be reported via our website, by downloading the MyTorfaen Council Services app, or by phoning 01495 762200

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