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Man skips court and picks up hefty fine

PUBLISHED: 16:14 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 11:11 12 August 2010

A SKIP company owner has been fined more than £1,500 for putting a skip in the road without permission. Owner of Bexley Mini Skips, Kevin Filkins, failed to appear at Bromley Magistrates Court and was ordered in his absence to pay fines and costs of £1,

A SKIP company owner has been fined more than £1,500 for putting a skip in the road without permission.

Owner of Bexley Mini Skips, Kevin Filkins, failed to appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court and was ordered in his absence to pay fines and costs of £1,535 this month, just two months after being convicted of a similar offence.

He was found to have left a skip in Little Thrift, Petts Wood without obtaining a proper licence.

Peter Turvey, enforcement and technical support manager for Bromley council, said: "We operate a licensing scheme which ensures that before a skip or anything else is placed on the road, it is safe to do so. Skip licences cost just £30 for one month's duration - a small price to pay to avoid a heavy fine and a criminal record.

"If a company chooses to break the law, despite repeated requests to remove the skip and a previous conviction for a similar offence, we have no choice but to prosecute."

A skip can only be placed on the road if the council grants a temporary highway licence for it after carrying out safety checks.

Application forms are available to download at www.bromley.gov.uk/neatstreet or by calling 020 8313 4621.

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