A company director from Southampton was ordered to pay out a total of £670 after a case at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court which was held in connection with a fly-tipping incident in West Worldham.
Gabrielle Gog, a director of CDT Cleaning Ltd, was convicted in his absence for offences under the Environment Act 1995, following a successful investigation carried out by East Hampshire District Council.
Gog’s company had been contracted to carry out deliveries to an address in Surrey in August 2022. After making their delivery two employees of the company offered to take household waste from the customer for £100.
The waste was then found to have been fly-tipped in West Worldham.
East Hampshire District Council officers issued Gog with a notice requiring him to provide the details of his staff to help them pursue their investigation, but Gog refused to do so.
As a result of not complying with the notice, Gog was fined £300 and ordered to pay £250 costs plus a £120 victims’ surcharge.
Cllr Tony Costigan, East Hampshire District Council’s portfolio holder for environmental enforcement, said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on the beautiful East Hampshire countryside, it damages the environment and can be harmful to people and local wildlife.
“We will investigate and bring prosecutions whenever we can, and I am delighted to see this latest result following the hard work of our investigating officers.
“Don’t forget, householders also have a legal responsibility to ensure they pass their items on to a licensed waste carrier and to obtain a waste transfer note.
“Failure to make proper checks could lead to householders being fined or taken to court if their waste is later found fly-tipped.”
People can check if a waste carrier is properly licensed or report a fly-tip through Hampshire County Council’s website.