A FORMER pub owner who illegally dumped her waste in two Vale villages because she could not afford to have it properly collected has been fined more than £2,000 after being convicted of fly-tipping.
Jalpa Patel, 35, of Cranford Drive, Hayes, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and failing to dispose of waste correctly at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 2.
Wychavon District Council first received reports in March this year of commercial waste dumped in Bredon’s Norton and Overbury. In total 24 bags of waste were fly-tipped.
Officers’ investigations then led them to the Teddington Hands Inn in Teddington which at that point was being run by Mrs Patel.
When asked to explain her actions in court, Mrs Patel said she had been running the pub on her own whilst her husband was working elsewhere and had run into financial difficulties.
As a result, she claimed she had been unable to afford her commercial trade waste agreement and, as her waste was building up, she decided to dump it.
In court Mrs Patel apologised for her actions and said she was no longer running the pub. She was also given credit for taking full responsibility for the fly-tip and her previous good character.
Magistrates fined Mrs Patel £1,000, ordered her to pay costs of £970 and a statutory surcharge of £100.
Following the trial, Coun Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment on Wychavon District Council, said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on our beautiful countryside and there is no excuse for it.
“We’re pleased with the sentence in this case which sends a strong message that Wychavon will not tolerate people dumping their rubbish all over our district and will not hesitate to prosecute offenders.”