An uncaring fly tipper caught dumping on her doorstep has become the first to be fined £400 by Hounslow Council, thanks to joint efforts by a local councillor and Feltham residents.
A mountain of goods were dumped on Westmacott Drive, Feltham, last month by resident Veronica Watson.
Residents turned to ward councillor Sam Christie for action, who alerted Hounslow Council’s enforcement team.
Officers investigating the eyesore dump, which included items such as carpet, furniture and mattresses, asked Cllr Christie to help catch the culprit by appealing for information about who was responsible.
Cllr Christie posted messages on social media which resulted in a number of anonymous replies directing officers to Ms Watson’s home in Stone Crescent, Feltham.
Many residents described seeing Ms Watson carrying goods from her house and dumping them on Westmacott Drive, others said they had seen items being thrown from her garden, over her fence and onto the pavement.
After obtaining a number of witness statements, enforcement officers attended Ms Watson’s address with police. After initially denying she was responsible, when confronted with the evidence Ms Watson admitted being responsible for the mammoth fly tip. She was issued with a fixed penalty notice of £400.
Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The size and scale of this fly tip is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
“It’s almost unbelievable that someone could dump this much stuff on the street and think they could get away with it. The sad part is that they did it where they live with no consideration for other people, let alone pride for the place they call home.
“This is the first £400 fine for fly tipping that we have issued since introducing the higher fixed penalty notices.
“In this case, thankfully we had the support of responsible residents who came forward to name and shame Ms Watson’s behaviour. This shows how important it is to report fly tipping. The only way we can stop it from happening is by encouraging people to change their behaviour and be proud of where they live.”
Councillor Sam Christie, Bedfont ward, said: “Everyone is responsible for keeping the borough clean and I am very thankful to those in the community who came together to provide evidence to ensure this person was fined. I hope this action will deter others from dumping their rubbish on our streets.”
Report fly tipping for removal to Hounslow Highways on their website www.hounslowhighways.org or call 020 8583 5555.
If you have evidence of fly tipping, or know who is responsible for dumping in your area contact us.
Please ensure you provide as much information as possible about the fly tipper, including a description, vehicle registration, colour, make, model, time and date of the incident. Email any information to firstname.lastname@example.org