Man without a vanPublished Thursday, 26th October 2017
Glynn Atkinson, of Rawmarsh, is now a “man without a van” after Rotherham Council used its powers to seize his vehicle and have it crushed when a court found him guilty of fly tipping.
Under the powers a local authority may seize a vehicle, trailer or mobile plant and their contents if they believe it is being - or will be - used to commit fly-tipping crimes.
Atkinson, (53), of Osberton Street, pleaded guilty to three offences of breaching the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by depositing waste in locations around the borough.
Sheffield Magistrates heard that Atkinson had been traced as the owner of a vehicle which deposited the waste at Hoober Hall Lane, Hoober, and Howdike Lane, Hooton Roberts. Members of the public gave evidence to Rotherham Council officers that he had offered his services as a “man with a van” via Facebook.
In addition to the forfeiture order, Magistrates ordered Atkinson to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in the community and to pay costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £80.
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, welcomed the court’s decison.
“Fly tipping costs the council over £1million a year to clean up, so where there is evidence that a vehicle has been involved in such crimes we will use all the powers available to us,” she said.
“Members of the public that they should always ensure that anyone they ask to help remove rubbish from their property has a valid waste carrier’s licence, and ask to see the licence number.”
The vehicle seizure, which took place in June, was the first time the Council has used the powers under section 34B of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. At the court hearing, an application was made for a Forfeiture Order in respect of the seized vehicle, which was granted. The tougher powers were introduced to enable local authorities to better investigate and tackle environmental and waste crimes, such as fly tipping.
Householders can get information on how to ensure their carrier is genuine at the Council website.