Man caught on camera dumping a sofa in Barnstaple

Sofa dumped in bushes

Posted on: 30 July 2019

A North Devon resident has been landed with a fine after dumping a sofa in bushes in Roundswell, Barnstaple.

This is the latest incident in North Devon Council’s clamp down on flytipping in the district, as council officers remind the public that dumping waste illegally will result in a hefty financial penalty.

On Wednesday 10 July a vigilant member of the public spotted a Mitsubishi motor vehicle with a large grey sofa on the back, acting suspiciously in the Old Bideford Road area of Roundswell.  Shortly after, the member of public noticed the sofa was being thrown into the bushes and provided evidence of this to the council. The flytipper was identified through his vehicle registration number. He later admitted the offence, for which he was issued with a £400 fine.

Alan Kyle, an Environmental and Dog Warden for North Devon Council says:  “We have the ability to check vehicle registration numbers almost immediately and when we receive good evidence such as this we will respond quickly.  There is no excuse for dumping your waste illegally and you will be penalised heavily for doing so.  We are grateful to the member of public who contacted us when they witnessed this incident, and would encourage others to do the same if they see flytipping or littering in action.”

Lead Member for Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: “It is very disappointing that it is taking so long for the message to get through: Flytipping is totally unacceptable, it is a blight on our environment and costs tax-payers a huge amount of money in clean-up costs. It is encouraging that members of our community are coming forward with information about the flytipping they see going on around them; together we can bring those responsible to justice. Environmental offences will simply not be tolerated in North Devon.”

The public are reminded that they should only use their household waste collection service to dispose of their normal household waste and any larger items should be taken to the proper facilities or removed by arrangement with a licensed waste removal company. Depositing a sofa and other furniture at the Seven Brethren Recycling Centre in Barnstaple is free of charge and the public are encouraged to use this facility.

If you have an environmental issue in your area or would like to report flytipping, littering, dog fouling or abandoned vehicles, get in touch with North Devon Council online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/environment or call 01271 388870.

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