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Chislehurst resident fined after spilling oil

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:03 29 March 2018

An investigation concluded that oil found on the road in Victoria Road was coming from a parked car owned by Ms Holmes. Picture: Google

An investigation concluded that oil found on the road in Victoria Road was coming from a parked car owned by Ms Holmes. Picture: Google

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A Chislehurst resident has been prosecuted and told to pay a total of almost £1,100 after engine oil leading to her car found her guilty of depositing oil on the highway.

Lisa Holmes, of Victoria Road, was fined £440 plus £44 surcharge and ordered to pay £615.25 costs in her absence at Bexley Magistrates Court on Monday.

The prosecution followed an investigation last July, which concluded that oil found on the road in Victoria Road was coming from a parked car owned by Ms Holmes.

Although the council’s enforcement team wrote to the defendant in August, the matter was still not resolved when officers visited Victoria Road in December 2017, approximately five months after the initial investigation.

A Bromley council spokesman said: “Apart from the potential danger to others and the environment, oil can actually damage the road surface, with the council then incurring significant costs to rectify it, with the oily patches also being unsightly.

“This was a serious matter - prosecution is a last resort and we completely accept that from time to time, oil will be accidentally leaked from cars.

“On these occasions, we expect motorists to do what they can to clean the affected area and to let us know but after some months of inaction, with the problem not resolved, we had no option but to prosecute.”

Ms Holmes was charged under section 161(1) of the Highways Act 1980.

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