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Man fined for dumping asbestos

19th March 2015

A resident from Little Oxhey Lane has been ordered to pay a total of £2,800 by St Albans Magistrates Court for fly tipping asbestos cement sheeting some of which was cracked and broken. This sum included compensation of almost £2,000 to Three Rivers District Council for the costs of the recovery and disposal of the asbestos which had to be undertaken by specialist contractors because of the nature of the waste.

The court fined the defendant nearly £400 and ordered him to pay the costs of the prosecution of £500. The Council was alerted after Mr Chris Bellotti left the hazardous waste on an open area of the Council-owned garages opposite the garage he rented in Markeston Green back in August.

Lead member for public services, Cllr Phil Brading, said:

“South Oxhey is a clean and safe place to live.  Dumping asbestos, especially cracked asbestos, is very serious and we will not hesitate to prosecute. I would like to commend the team at Three Rivers District Council who acted swiftly as soon as the asbestos was reported and arranged for its safe removal. They then investigated the offence leading to a successful prosecution.

“Residents can report the dumping of asbestos or any kind of fly-tipping to the Council in complete confidence and we will take action – normally within 24 hours.”

Mr Bellotti pleaded guilty to two offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at St Albans Magistrates Court on Wednesday 11 March and was given full credit for his guilty plea.

Residents can report the dumping of rubbish to the Council on 01923 776611, enquiries@threerivers.gov.uk and @threeriversdc.

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