Flytipper sacked from council job after fine

South Holland District Council's portfolio holder for waste management, Coun 'Roger Gambba-Jones.
South Holland District Council's portfolio holder for waste management, Coun 'Roger Gambba-Jones.
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A council worker who dumped rubbish near a pumping station off the A17 between Cowbit and Crowland has been sacked from his job.

Richard Fiddes (40) of Weston Hills, appeared before Boston magistrates on Wednesday accused of dumping three mattresses, a large wooden plaque and several green bags of household rubbish on land in Cloot Drive, near Crowland, on October 18 last year.

South Holland District Council brought the case to court where Fiddes was fined £1,000 and order to pay total costs of £660.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, district council portfolio holder for waste management, said: “We treat all such offences seriously and will take action without fear or favour.

“The offender (Fiddes) was employed by the council but has now been dismissed.

“This successful prosecution sends a clear message that flytipping is a serious crime and we will act, whoever the offender is and wherever they work.”

Fiddes’ prosecution was revealed at a council meeting on Wednesday when it was revealed that an environmental enforcement officer was working to tackle flytipping.

Coun Gambba-Jones said: “We now have a part-time environmental services and investigation officer to concentrate on persistent flytipping and early presentations of black and green (rubbish) bags.

“The vast majority of flytipping appears to be in Spalding, with a few incidents in Holbeach.

“It’s a big problem and our enforcement officer has issued a number of fixed penalty notices, some of which have been paid instantly.”