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Fly-tippers in Sheerness fined more than £9,000

Published Tuesday 18 May, 2021
Last updated on Tuesday 18 May, 2021

People that have been fly-tipping in Marine Parade in Sheerness have been fined more than £9,000.

Swale Borough Council has caught 29 people on camera fly-tipping in the car park opposite the ship on Shore public house on Marine Parade in Sheerness since March.

Each offender will receive a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £400, which is reduced to £300 if they pay within 10 days. Anybody who refuses to pay will be prosecuted in court.

A further three people have also received FPNs of £150 for littering.

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“We have three large, grey, locked bins for our beach cleaners in the car park opposite the Ship on Shore that people are dumping their waste in front of.

“Deck chairs, sofa cushions, a clothes airer, toolbox, black bin bags full of rubbish, garden waste and even rubble from what looks like an extension or landscaping project have been dumped.

“Each bin has bright pink signs on the front and sides warning people to not fly-tip, we also have signs along the seawall as well as on the entrance gate so nobody can claim they didn’t know they couldn’t leave their rubbish.

“With the nearest household waste and recycling centre less than a mile away, fly-tipping is unacceptable.

“Modernising our CCTV and surveillance capabilities to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour is a council priority and we’ll be prosecuting anybody caught on camera dumping their waste.

“Let this be a deterrent to anybody considering a visit to the car park to dispose of their waste. We will see you and we will prosecute you.

“Why risk a £400 fine when a visit to the tip is free?”

To book a slot at your nearest household waste and recycling centre visit Kent County Council’s website.

To arrange collection of up to four bulky items, call Swale Borough Council on 01795 417 850.