Developer fined after waste is dumped at roadsides

July 01 2022
Developer fined after waste is dumped at roadsides

A PROPERTY developer whose rubbish was dumped near Hambrook has been ordered to pay more than £6,500 in fines and costs.

Ishtiaq Ishaq was prosecuted by South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental crime team after waste from homes he owned, as well as his business, was found next to Bromley Heath Road at Moorend, and three other sites in the council's area – Overscourt Woods in Siston, Beech Lane in Hawkesbury Upton and Brewery Hill in Upton Cheyney – over an 11-day period in September 2020.

One of the fly-tips contained details of his home address in St George and his business address. The others contained documents from a property he owned in South Wales.

The council said Ishaq, aged 62, refused to be interviewed by council investigators.

He provided a statement in which he claimed he had paid someone to remove bags of waste from his Bristol addresses. He said the removal of waste from the South Wales property he was developing would be the builder’s responsibility.

Ishaq claimed he had acted in good faith and denied fly-tipping the waste but a council spokesperson said he had failed to identify or provide any details of the people he said he had paid to dispose of the waste, or how to contact them.

As a result, he was summonsed to court for failing in his duty of care to ensure his waste was properly disposed of and to keep records of who took it away.

Appearing at Bristol Magistrates Court in May, Ishaq pleaded guilty to the offences and was fined £3,692, ordered to pay court costs of £2,255, clear-up costs of £512 and a victim surcharge of £190 – a total of £6,649.

Afterwards, cabinet councillor for environmental crime Rachael Hunt said: “This case saw fly-tips take place at four separate locations across the area, without any thought given to the impact it would have on our residents or the environment.

Our award-winning environmental enforcement team has a 100 per cent record of securing successful prosecutions for this type of offence and if you fail in your duty of care and allow rubbish to be fly-tipped here, you can expect to be caught and brought before the courts."

People are advised to take unwanted goods, household or garden waste to one of the council’s Sort It centres.

Anyone who sees illegal fly tipping should call the StreetCare helpdesk on 01454 868000, email streetcare@southglos.gov.uk or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/flytipping.