Fines given after rubbish is dumped

Stephen Maddison, community and public spaces protection officer, with Colin Boxshall, community and public spaces protection manager.
Stephen Maddison, community and public spaces protection officer, with Colin Boxshall, community and public spaces protection manager.

Residents are being warned not to use back lanes as dumping grounds or face action by the council.

Two residents in Wallsend received on-the-spot fines for dumping mattresses, broken furniture, a fridge and rubbish in the back lanes behind their homes.

Fly-tipping in North Tyneside.

Fly-tipping in North Tyneside.

The pair were handed £50 fixed penalty notices during a recent inspection in Wallsend town centre while a business owner was given a warning for not disposing of the premise’s waste properly.

Elsewhere, a 25-year-old woman from North Shields was fined £659 at North Tyneside Magistrates Court for dumping bags of litter in a back lane.

And a 44-year-old woman, also from North Shields, was ordered to pay £495 for not picking up after her dog then providing a false name and address to council officers.

The action is part of a rolling programme of activity by enforcement officers from North Tyneside Council’s new community and public protection team.

Team manager Colin Boxshall said: “North Tyneside is a great place to live, work and visit and we will not allow a minority to spoil it.

“As well as making the area look untidy, materials left in a back lane can be a safety hazard.

“We will continue to take a strict approach to fly-tipping, visiting homes and businesses, until we put a stop to those inconsiderate people dumping rubbish.”

The community and public protection team will continue inspecting back lanes across the borough.

Officers will make use of powers under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act.

Fines and community protection warnings and notices will be issued where appropriate.

Fly-tipping can be reported on the council’s website, www.northtyneside.gov.uk

Residents can also request a bulky waste collection on the website or by calling 0345 2000 103.