Hailsham woman’s household rubbish found dumped in nature reserve

A Hailsham woman whose household rubbish was found dumped in a nature reserve has been handed a fine and criminal record.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 5:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 5:23 pm

Nicola Pattern, of Archery Walk, was found to have ‘failed to make sure her waste was disposed of in the correct manner’, according to Wealden council.

The 54-year-old pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrate’s Court on Monday (January 20) to failing to comply with the duty of care in relation to several black sacks of rubbish.

They ended up being fly-tipped at Rickney Lane, in the scenic Pevensey Marshes.

The household waste was found in Rickney Lane SUS-200123-164655001
The household waste was found in Rickney Lane SUS-200123-164655001

Wealden District Council say she was fined £120, ordered to pay £30 victim surcharge, and a £243.50 contribution towards the council’s costs.

Councillor Ann Newton, of landscape protection, said, “Everyone who produces rubbish, from tradesmen to householders, has a legal duty to make sure their rubbish is disposed of in the correct manner, including only using Registered Waste Carriers.

“Our Street Scene Team were able to trace the rubbish to Mrs Patten’s property. Without her providing proof that she used the services of a registered waste carrier, she clearly failed in her responsibilities to prevent her rubbish being dumped.

“If everyone paid greater attention to their responsibilities for waste disposal, we would be able to dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish fly-tipped in our beautiful District. A cheerful offer to take your rubbish away by someone who is not a registered waste carrier could land you in court.”

• To find out more visit Wealden District Council’s website and search for Householder’s Duty of Care.

• Alternatively call the Environment Agency on 0370 850 6506 for more details on waste carriers, or visit their website.

• If you have any information about fly tipping or waste carriers operating outside of the law contact the council’s Street Scene Team on 01892 602735 or email [email protected]