Heywood fly-tipper finally settles sleep-inducing penalty

Chelsea Locklin, a resident of South Street, made an appearance at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 12 January 2024. She pleaded guilty to violating the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by unlawfully discarding a mattress, a cardboard box, and several black bags of waste on the road behind her property.

Prior to this, Ms. Locklin had already admitted to the offence and was given the option of paying a Fixed Penalty Notice to absolve any further responsibility. However, she neglected to make the payment and declined to meet with council officers again to discuss additional evidence concerning the fly-tipping incident.

As a result, she received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay a total of £100 in costs and victim surcharge.

Councillor Liam O’Rourke, the council’s cabinet member for climate change and environment, stated:

“We provide residents with the opportunity to have large and bulky items collected for free, but there are specific conditions to be met when making a booking.

Items should not be left out prior to scheduling a collection, and they should only be placed outside by 7am on the collection day, or the day before at the earliest. This ensures that the items remain dry for recycling and reduces the likelihood of them being reported as fly-tipping if left out for an extended period of time.

Adding additional waste or unapproved items is strictly prohibited and constitutes fly-tipping. It is our collective responsibility to dispose of our waste in a responsible manner.”

Residents can book bulky waste collections online up to 3 weeks in advance.

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