Woman dumped used nappies in country lane near Winterbourne
A WOMAN who dumped used nappies and other household waste in a lane near Winterbourne has been ordered to pay more than £200 in fines and costs.
Bin bags containing the waste were found in a gateway on Trench Lane in March last year.
The rubbish included paperwork which identified Aniela Popescu and her home address in Kimberley Road, Fishponds.
South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental enforcement team visited the 31-year-old woman and she was interviewed under caution, admitting that she had "an excess of household waste" and had dumped it on her way to work.
The council said Popescu told officers she had left the rubbish in a gateway "where she had regularly seen waste left after a local car boot sale had taken place".
She pleaded guilty to the illegal disposal of waste and was fined £80, along with £100 in costs and a victim surcharge of £34 – a total of £214 – when she appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on January 11.
After the case, council cabinet member for communities Rachael Hunt said: “There really is no excuse for this type of behaviour.
"Fly-tipping is a blight on our countryside, has a negative impact on our communities and local environment, and we all have a responsibility to make sure that our waste is disposed of in the appropriate manner."
Cllr Hunt said the authority had a "zero-tolerance approach" to fly-tipping and its environmental enforcement team had a 100 per cent record of successfully prosecuting people identified as having dumped waste.
Last month the Voice reported that barriers were set to be put up at the entrance to Hovers Lane in Frampton Cotterell, after multiple incidents of rubbish being dumped on the bridle path.