An Ilfracombe landlord has been issued with a fine by North Devon Council for a flytipping offence. 

This is the latest incident in North Devon Council’s clamp down on flytipping in the district, as council officers send a clear message to the public that dumping waste illegally will result in a hefty financial penalty.

In early February, the man illegally dumped domestic waste from the House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), of which he is the landlord. A resident, who spotted the man in the act, took his vehicle details and later reported it to the council.

The council's environmental health officers used the vehicle details to locate the man, who does not live in the area. When questioned by council officers, the man admitted the offence. As a result he was issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice (FPN) for flytipping.

As part of its Clear Messages campaign, the council’s Environmental Protection team wants to remind everyone of the responsibility we all have in keeping North Devon clean. This includes challenging and reporting those we see littering; acting as a positive role model to our children, friends and relatives; reducing the amount we throw away and playing a part in clearing up and keeping our public spaces free from litter.

Ray Jones, an Environmental and Dog Warden for North Devon Council says: "We sincerely hope this latest incident will send a clear message that flytipping will not be tolerated in North Devon. On this occasion, the culprit was detected quickly when a watchful resident wrote down his vehicle details. We have the ability to check vehicle registration numbers almost immediately and when we receive good evidence such as this we will respond quickly.  

"We are grateful to the member of public who contacted us when they witnessed this incident, and would encourage others to do the same if they see flytipping or littering in action. Help us tackle environmental offences; join #TeamNorthDevon, follow our Clear Messages campaign on Facebook and Twitter, and call out anyone you suspect of littering, flytipping or see failing to pick up their dog’s mess. Let's work together to #StopMessingAround.”

Lead Member for the Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: "“It is disappointing that it is taking so long for the message to get through. Flytipping is completely unacceptable; not only is it bad for our environment, it also costs tax-payers a huge amount of money in clean-up costs. We hope the scale of this fine reminds anyone tempted to flytip their waste that it is cheaper for them to dispose of it responsibly instead."

Prosecution for dumping waste can result in fines of up to £1000 or unlimited fines where a business is involved.  Report littering, fly-tipping or other environmental offences online at northdevon.gov.uk/environment or email customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk. More guidance about flytipping and how to choose a registered waste carrier is on the council’s website northdevon.gov.uk/flytipping.