Wrong day for rubbish costs Llanelli woman £200
THREE more hefty fines have been handed out for littering in Llanelli as the crackdown continues.
Sophie Clayton, aged 25, of Felinfoel Road (formerly of Stepney Place) has been fined £200 for continually putting her rubbish out on the wrong day.
She was ordered to pay £200 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge by Carmarthen magistrates. She failed to attend court and was convicted in absence.
The court heard that on January 10 the council's environmental enforcement section received a complaint of rubbish bags being put out on the wrong collection day at the rear of a property in Stepney Place.
The officers found evidence that the rubbish belonged to Sophie Clayton, and as it was a first offence, she was issued with a notice warning her not to do it again.
Further rubbish was then found again at the rear of the property on March 4 and Clayton was issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100, but it was not paid.
Magistrates have also dealt with two other offences. Emma Michelle North was in the car park at Sandy Water Park on April 23 this year when officers saw her throw the cigarette out the window, despite there being a bin nearby.
She was issued with a fixed penalty notice but failed to pay it, despite being sent a reminder letter.
North, aged 30, of Rhandirfelen, pleaded guilty to an offence at Carmarthen Magistrates Court. She was fined £75 and ordered to pay £65 prosecution costs plus a £20 victim surcharge.
Richard David Lee was seen dropping a cigarette end onto the ground near the staff entrance to Nando's in Llanelli on June 7 this year by council environmental enforcement officers. He was issued with a fixed penalty notice for the offence, but failed to pay it.
Lee, aged 41, of The Bagers, St Georges, Weston Super Mare, was convicted in absence to an offence contrary to Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He was fined £75 by Carmarthen magistrates and ordered to pay £211.62 prosecution costs as well as a £20 victim surcharge.
Executive board member for environmental and public protection, Jim Jones, said they don't want to hand out fines, but they have no choice if people ignore their warnings.
"We want to keep Carmarthenshire clean and safe for residents and visitors, and litter gives a bad impression," he said.