THREE people who dumped rubbish in a Stafford lane are counting the cost of their action.
Bags of household waste were abandoned in Ash Flats Lane, Moss Pit. But Stafford Borough Council enforcement officers traced the rubbish back to three town centre residents – two women and a man, all in their 20s - who were each handed £75 fixed penalty notices.
Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health, said: “Fly tipping is a blight on our area and those who appreciate the environment they live in do not want inconsiderate people treating the borough as a giant dustbin.
“I hope this sends out a clear message that if you do discard your rubbish illegally then you will be fined or prosecuted.”
In 2013 there were around 350 reports of flytipping in Stafford Borough. The cost to local tax payers for clearing up incidents over the last five years has been estimated to be £140,000.
Pictures of illegally dumped rubbish in Stafford Borough are posted online at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/grimewatch and residents are asked for help to catch offenders.
Flytipping incidents in Stafford Borough can be reported to the council by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 01785 619401. Anyone with information about offences can report it in confidence to email@example.com or 01785 619401.