A WOMAN from Kemble must pay more than £1,600 for her involvement in a fly-tipping incident which blocked a lane in Siddington. 

Natalie Gillman, aged 34, of Clayfurlong Grove, Kemble, has been held responsible for black bin bags, cardboard, mattresses, a fireplace, wooden furniture, a fridge freezer and other electrical items which were dumped in Quiet Lane in Siddington. 

Gillman was found guilty of failing in her duty of care to ensure waste was disposed and was sentenced at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 10.

She was fined £480, must pay a victim surcharge of £192 plus £1,000 in costs - a total of £1,672.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Fly-tip Quiet Lane in SiddingtonFly-tip Quiet Lane in Siddington (Image: Cotswold District Council)
The prosecution was brought by Cotswold District Council’s Environmental Regulatory Services team with assistance from the council’s Counter Fraud and Enforcement Unit and Legal Service. 

CDC has said that it remains committed keeping the district clean and safe for everyone.

Cameras were installed in fly-tipping hotspots across the county by the council earlier this year.

Cllr Juliet Layton, cabinet member for regulatory services at CDC, said: “We’re pleased that this has been a successful prosecution for the council. 

"Our environmental teams work hard to keep the district clean, tidy and safe but some people don’t play their part.

"What we are seeing more frequently is illegitimate waste removal services offering cheap prices.

"These traders are often unlicensed and cut corners to dispose of waste illegally.

“Fly-tipping can blight our countryside and communities. 

"Fly-tipping is a criminal act and we will do everything we can to prosecute offenders in all cases.”

Kevin Lea, enviro-crime programmes officer at CDC, said: “Responsible, safe and legal disposal of waste is the responsibility of the household occupier, regardless of who is physically disposing of the waste. 

"All reasonable measures must be taken to ensure that waste is transferred and taken away by an authorised person.

"If your waste is fly-tipped, by you or by someone else on your behalf, you could face a £400 fixed penalty notice.”

Registered waste carrier services can be found on the Environment Agency's website.

To report an incident of fly-tipping visit cotswold.gov.uk/report