Resident fined for dumping building waste on the pavement

15th December 2021


A fly tipper has been fined for dumping building waste on the pavement outside his flat in Abbots Langley.

Stephen Murray of College Road, dumped wood, rubble and other building waste between March and September on the pavement outside his flat after carrying out building works.

Murray, 54, was prosecuted after ignoring repeated requests to remove the waste. He also ignored a summons to attend court. A warrant was issued for Murray’s arrest and he was brought before the court in police custody. Murray pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates' Court on 8 December to fly tipping and was fined £480, ordered to pay Three Rivers District Council’s costs of £400 and the victim surcharge of £48, totalling £928.

Cllr Phil Williams, Lead Member for Environmental Services, Climate Change and Sustainability, said: “Depositing waste in this way impacts not only the local environment, but also the community living in the area and costs the council to remove. By continuing to prosecute, we hope to discourage others from fly tipping and encourage residents to ensure their waste is collected and disposed of legally. Fly tipping does not always look like this, leaving items outside charity shops, next to litter bins, or against textile banks is also classed as fly tipping”.

The council is part of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group which runs the award-winning #SCRAPflytipping campaign to encourage all residents to use the SCRAP code when arranging for waste to be taken away.

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Council spokesperson

Cllr Phil Williams - Lead Member for Environmental Services, Climate Change and Sustainability

Group spokespeople

Cllr Alex Hayward – Leader of the Conservative Group

Cllr Stephen Cox – Leader of the Labour Group

Cllr Joanna Clemens – Independent Councillors Group Joint Leader