Fly-tipper fined £6,400 after dumping waste at Keynsham Scouts' campsite

Published on: 02 Mar 2018

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A man who dumped 12 tonnes of rubbish in countryside across Bath and North East Somerset, including on land owned by 1st Keynsham Scouts, has been fined £6,400.

Garth Creese, from Crediton Crescent in Bristol, pleaded guilty to nine offences under the Environmental Protection Act after fly-tipping in Rankers Lane, Compton Dando, Keynsham Scouts’ Chelwood Campsite, at the site of an Iron Age fort in Stantonbury Hill and Stanton Prior.

The site at Chelwood is used for camping and a range of activities by the Scouts and other youth groups.

Creese, 30, who runs a waste clearance business, was also ordered to pay £450 costs and a victim surcharge of £160 when he appeared before Bath Magistrates’ Court on February 19.

The prosecution described his actions as “environmental vandalism” and said it had cost landowners more than £3,500 to clear up after him.

The fly-tipped waste was reported between November 24 and December 13, 2016, and included builders’ rubbish, black-bagged household waste, a sofa, chairs and a fridge freezer.

The court heard that Creese showed customers an expired waste carriers’ permit and charged prices that would not have covered the cost of legitimate disposal.

Speaking after the guilty plea, Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for development and neighbourhoods, said: “The investigation took a lot of time but this is an excellent result for the council and its Waste Enforcement Team, which I want to thank for its hard work.

“This sends a clear message that we will always prosecute. Fly-tipping is anti-social and in this case a blight on beautiful countryside.

“We want to remind people that if you employ a waste clearance company, please make sure it is a reputable one with an up-to-date waste carriers’ licence.”

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