Couple fined for dumping pallets in rural lane

We have successfully prosecuted a couple for a fly-tipping offence in a country lane.

On Wednesday 6 July, at St Albans Magistrates’ Court, Martin Nevin and Caroline Nevin of Maidenhall Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste and were ordered to pay fines of £480 and £320, costs of £599.47 each and victim surcharges of £48 and £34 respectively.

The court heard how on Saturday 24 July 2021, a covert camera installed by the Council captured the images of a VW transporter van arrive at Windmill Road, Markyate, and then deposit wooden items from the vehicle.

Our Environmental Enforcement Team attended the location to investigate and found three wooden pallets and additional smaller pieces of wood dumped by the roadside. Further enquiries confirmed Caroline Nevin to be the registered keeper of the vehicle and she was sent a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for the fly-tipping offence. However, no payment was received.

We then invited Caroline Nevin to attend an interview under caution but she failed to attend, so we decided to seek prosecution of Caroline and Martin Nevin for the offence. After the defendants failed to attend an initial hearing on 25 May 2022, warrants of arrest were issued by the court, resulting in the defendants making contact with the court and a rescheduled hearing.

Cllr Julie Banks, our Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “This prosecution shows that all parties involved in a fly-tipping incident will be prosecuted. Our Environmental Enforcement Officers have shown how thoroughly they investigate all incidents of fly-tipping as part of our zero-tolerance approach to environmental crime.”

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (HFTG) is a multi-agency taskforce including the borough, district and county councils as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers' Union.

These organisations have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly-tipping. The HFTG is delivering improvements in enforcement capability across the county, as well as rolling out new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly-tippers.