Company ordered to pay £8,000 for waste mismanagement

Dumped waste and overflowing bins in Roydon Court, Hemel Hempstead

A company has been prosecuted for failing to keep an area of land free from waste and allowing bins to overflow regularly in Roydon Court, Hemel Hempstead

On 22 November 2023, at St Albans Magistrates' Court, Salmicass Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching a Community Protection Notice between November 2022 and June 2023. Salcamiss Ltd was ordered to pay a total of £8,280.55, which consisted of a £3,609 fine, £3,227.55 costs and a victim surcharge of £1,440.

Magistrates heard that at various points between May 2022 and June 2023, our Public Health Enforcement Officers attended the area in Roydon Court, Hemel Hempstead. They found the area scattered with litter and bins overflowing, creating an environment for pests and vermin. The officers issued a warning and a Community Protection Notice, but no action was taken to resolve the issues by the company.

The defendant was then issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). However, despite paying the FPN, no action was taken to resolve the problem. We then pursued the matter through the courts.

Cllr Robin Bromham, our Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Operations, said: "It’s a great shame that a minority do not take steps to keep areas free from refuse and vermin, nor dispose of waste properly. Our Public Health Enforcement Officers are doing a great job in detecting these offenders and working towards solutions."

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