Fly-tipping crackdown sees two men in court
TWO people from Swansea have been before the courts this week for fly-tipping.
The city council is cracking down on rubbish illegally dumped in the area.
It brought the prosecutions at Swansea Magistrates Court.
Jeremy Porter from Lon Tyanyrallt, Pontardawe pleaded guilty in Swansea Magistrates of fly tipping offence at a roadside near Llanrhidian.
Swansea Council's Litter Enforcement Team discovered the contents of a shed at the site and traced materials back to a resident who had employed Mr Porter to dispose of the waste after contacting him on the internet site Gumtree.
He was ordered to carry out 110 hours community work as well as paying out £400 in costs and £60 victim surcharge.
Michael Davies of Heol Broch, Birchgrove, was also guilty of illegally dumping rubble and a fridge freezer in Frederick Place.
The council received information from a member of the public who had witnessed a van driving away from the site where the waste was dumped.
Davies was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £300 and £20 victim surcharge.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place said: "Hopefully these latest cases shows the council means business when it comes to fly tipping.
"It's reassuring to know that the public are also playing their part and reporting cases of fly tipping to us.
"This helps us ensure we can get successful prosecutions in court.
"There is no excuse for fly tipping either by individuals or by businesses who offer residents waste disposal services."
Last year, the Council received 2,700 reports of fly tipping which required action to remove waste.
Councillor Burtonshaw added: "Fly tipping is damaging to our local environment and expensive to clean up. We spend more than £2.5 million each year clearing up litter, including fly tipping."