Flytipping builder who dumped a bath and door is fined £1,130

Flytipping builder who dumped a bath, door and other debris in a country lane is fined £1,130 after he was traced by paperwork found in the rubble

  • Council staff found documents after sifting through the waste in Shoreham
  • Led them to refurbishment where David Sanderson, 33, was a sub-contractor
  • He claimed he paid a ‘man in a transit-style tipper van’ £180 to take the waste 

A flytipping builder who dumped waste including a bath, a door and other debris on a country lane was fined £1,130 by investigators – after paperwork was found among the rubble.

Council staff sifted through the waste in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Shoreham, near Sevenoaks, and uncovered documents that led them back to a bathroom refurbishment where David Sanderson, 33, was a sub-contractor.

He claimed he paid a ‘man in a transit-style tipper van’ £180 to take the waste, which completely blocked the lane, but told officers he did not check the driver was licensed to dispose of it, nor did he obtain a waste transfer notice.

Council staff sifted through the waste in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Shoreham, near Sevenoaks, and uncovered documents that led them back to a bathroom refurbishment where David Sanderson, 33, was a sub-contractor

Council staff sifted through the waste in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Shoreham, near Sevenoaks, and uncovered documents that led them back to a bathroom refurbishment where David Sanderson, 33, was a sub-contractor

Sanderson was asked on several occasions to attend interviews with Sevenoaks District Council’s fly-tipping investigation team to discuss the incident, but he made various excuses.

The builder pleaded guilty to failing to dispose of controlled waste legally and failing to obtain waste transfer documentation. He was order to pay £1,130 at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ court on Friday.

At court, Sanderson was handed a £800 fine and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £250 and a Victim Surcharge of £80.

Councillor Margot McArthur, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner and Greener, said: ‘Dumping waste in country lanes is terrible for our environment, an inconvenience to drivers and costs taxpayers’ money in removal costs.

‘Our residents do not accept the actions of a selfish minority who are prepared to blight our District to save a few pounds.

‘We have promised to protect our local environment and, as with all fly-tipping cases, we will take the necessary action to bring offenders to justice when we have the evidence.

‘This is a lesson for anyone whether a builder or a homeowner.

‘If you don’t make proper checks or obtain a waste transfer note when you pay someone to remove your waste, which ends up fly-tipped, you risk prosecution.’ 

Sanderson claimed he paid a 'man in a transit-style tipper van' £180 to take the waste, but told officers he did not check the driver was licensed to dispose of it, nor did he obtain a waste transfer notice

Sanderson claimed he paid a ‘man in a transit-style tipper van’ £180 to take the waste, but told officers he did not check the driver was licensed to dispose of it, nor did he obtain a waste transfer notice

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