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Firm told to pay £10,000 for ignoring fly tipping

PUBLISHED: 12:43 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:33 12 August 2010

A COMPANY has been fined a total of £22,000 for failing to clear rubbish from a patch of land blighted by fly tipping.

A COMPANY has been fined a total of £22,000 for failing to clear rubbish from a patch of land blighted by fly tipping.

Headstates Ltd, the owner of land behind Beaconsfield Parade, Mottingham, pleaded guilty to breaches under section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 when its representatives appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court on March 16.

Bromley council first received complaints from residents early last year about the amount of rubbish being dumped.

Headstates failed to clean up the mess when told to by the council, and was eventually served with an abatement notice requiring it to clear up the mess.

After the company still failed to cooperate, it was then left to the council to clear the rubbish and erect a fence around the land. Headstates was then taken to court and prosecuted.

Council leader Stephen Carr said: "This was an extremely protracted case which could have been solved very quickly if the owners of the land had reacted appropriately.

"Landowners must take full responsibility for their land and remove rubbish irrespective of whether it belongs to them or is dumped by someone else."

Headstates was fined £10,750 and ordered to pay full costs of £11,382.

The council has set up CCTV in the area to find out who is responsible for dumping rubbish. It promised that anyone caught would be prosecuted.

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