Investigations lead to flytipping fine

Flytipped rubbish at Enderby Hall

Rubbish flytipped at Enderby Hall.
Photo: Blaby District Council

An Enderby resident has been fined £400 for flytipping bed and mattress packaging following extensive investigations.

Blaby District Council’s Environmental Health team were made aware of the dump of rubbish at Enderby Hall, back in October.

Their investigations led the team to speak with people across the country to identify the flytipper after discovering the packaging had originated in East Sussex.

The Council liaised with Bensons for Beds and their parent company, Steinhoff Retail in Gloucestershire, to request information under Section 29 of the Data Protection Act 1998. This information helped to identify the owner of the bed.

A discussion with the bed’s owner in Hastings saw the investigation turn to an employee of a company specialising in furniture assembly who lived in Enderby.

The person admitted the flytipping offence under caution and was given a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said:

“We have seen yet another instance of someone being lazy and deciding to dump rubbish illegally instead of driving less than two miles to Whetstone Tip.

“This case shows how much investigation work we will undertake if there is a trail of evidence that may lead to the culprit. Flytipping is an offence we take very seriously and there is absolutely no excuse for it.”

Residents who witness flytipping can report it online by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/flytipping, emailing environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk or calling 0116 272 7555.
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Casepak awarded 20,000 tonne contract from Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Council

The local family-run recycling and waste management firm Casepak has been awarded a contract by Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council to process up to 20,000 tonnes per annum of dry, mixed recyclables from each authority.

Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) shared the management of their respective waste and recycling services in 2014, and the new contact with Casepak is due to commence in February 2018.

Cherwell operates a kerbside collection of mixed materials from 62,000 homes, while SNC collects mixed recyclables from 38,000 homes.

This material will be sent to Casepak’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Leicester and will include items such as paper, card, cardboard, metal cans, plastic bottles, trays and tubs, drinks cartons (including Tetra Pak® cartons), foil, aerosols and catalogues.

Glass jars and bottles will also be collected and sent to the MRF as part of South Northamptonshire’s kerbside collection.

Georgina Cullen, Casepak’s Business Development Director, said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Cherwell and SNC. This new contract will play a huge part in boosting recycling rates for each authority, and we will work closely with them to help educate residents about recycling best practice at home.”

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said:

“With 10 bids it was a competitive tendering process but Casepak represented best value for both councils and gave us confidence they would be able to help South Northamptonshire maintain one of the highest recycling rates in the country.”

Cllr Debbie Pickford, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said:

“Casepak’s location in Leicester means our waste will spend less time on the road and will lower our emissions. “And following assurances about end markets and the sorting process we are looking forward to working with them and continuing to provide a quality service to residents.”

The two year contract was awarded on 21st December 2017, and there is an option to extend the contract by up to four years.

Casepak’s MRF has the capacity to process up to 165,000 tonnes of material each year, recovering 95% of the material processed.

The MRF exceeds standards set out in the Code of Practice, and produces Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable compliant outputs.

More information available at www.casepak.co.uk

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Multiple failures lead to Glenford Grange prosecution

Photo: Blaby District Council

A company in charge of four flats in Glen Parva have been convicted following multiple failures in maintenance and safety.

Glenford Grange Properties UK Ltd were convicted following three separate inspections of the Glenford Grange House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) in May and June last year, following an initial report of rodents.

Environmental Health Officers discovered multiple instances of poor care and maintenance throughout the HMO.

A total of 54 failures under regulations 5, 8 and 9 of the Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007 were found across the four flats and communal areas of the property, including:

  • Automatic Fire Detection system not maintained or working
  • Defective bannisters leading to flats two and three
  • A socket in the bedroom of flat two was broken and resting on the floor, exposing live conductors
  • No handrail on the open side of the stairs from the ground to the first floor
  • The overflow from the toilet was dripping on to the outside step outside the door from the lobby to the rear garden.
Failure to comply with the 2007 Regulations is an offence under s234 of the Housing Act 2004.

The company have been summonsed for sentencing at Leicester Magistrates Court at 10am on Wednesday 31 January, following conviction under the Single Justice Procedure on Tuesday 02 January 2018.

Each Regulation for which they have been convicted carries a potentially unlimited fine.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder, said:

“We were absolutely horrified by what our Environmental Health Officers discovered at this property.

“No reasonable landlord should ever think this property was in an acceptable state to rent out to anyone. What we found were frankly disgusting conditions.

“I hope the pictures and this conviction highlight how seriously we take this type of offence.

“We would encourage anyone living in accommodation they deem to be in poor condition to contact us so we can investigate.”

The landlord has since carried out extensive works to the communal areas and three of the four flats. The fourth flat is still prohibited for use.

Anyone concerned about the condition of the property they are renting within the district can contact the Environmental Health Team via 0116 275 0555 or email environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk.

 

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Appeal – Do you recognise this man?

Officers would like to speak to this man in connection with an assault which happened in Station Road, Narborough, on 16 December at around 8.35pm.

A man was hit on the back of his head suffering minor injuries.

If you are the man, recognise the man or have any further information, contact us by phone on 101 quoting incident number 17000549637.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online https://goo.gl/9bQ55y. Your personal details won’t be taken, information isn’t traced or recorded and you will not be required to go to court.

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£1250 fine for barking dog

Photo: BDC

A local resident who failed to prevent his dog from barking has been fined by Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

Eric Davies, 43, of Countesthorpe was living at Forest Road, Narborough, when a total of 18 residents made complaints to the Council about the barking of his dog last year. Blaby District Council served Mr Davies with a noise abatement notice in February 2017, with breaches of the notice witnessed by Environmental Health officers between 19 May and 17 August 2017.

He pleded guilty to five charges of failing to comply with the abatement notice in court and was given a £576 fine, with £620 costs and a £57 victim surcharge.

No alternative

Cllr. Hewson

Speaking about the matter, Blaby District Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said:

“Our Environmental Health officers tried many times to ensure that Mr Davies’ dog was no longer posing a noise problem to residents.

“Unfortunately despite the work we were left with no alternative but to seek this course of action.

“We work hard to prevent unnecessary and nuisance noise for district residents and would encourage anyone experiencing a similar problem to report it to us so our team can investigate.”

Anyone with concerns about unwanted noise in their area can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/noise or call 0116 275 0555 for more information.

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