A Manchester businessman has been ordered to pay £950, after being found guilty of blocking a road in Cheetham with fly-tipped rubbish.
Javeed Aslam appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on 28 September and admitted to failing to control commercial waste generated at his commercial unit, on Lord Street, Cheetham.
The fly-tip, on Elsworth Street, Cheetham, was found by officers working for Manchester City Council in October 2016. The rubbish dumped on the public highway was of such a scale that it had blocked the road to traffic.
On investigation, officers retrieved evidence linking the offence to Aslam and his company London Dream, an online trading business.
During a formal interview with the council’s Environmental Crimes team, Aslam admitted that he did not have proper arrangements in place for the disposal of his business waste, as required by law. He instead claimed to share an arrangement with a neighbouring business.
Aslam denied that all of the fly-tipped rubbish was generated by his business, but admitted that at least some of the waste had come from his premises.
Aslam, 26, of Bellott Street, Manchester, was fined £400, plus court costs of £514 and a victim surcharge of £40 – a total penalty of £954.
Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Nigel Murphy, said: “Aslam’s ‘London Dream’ turned into a nightmare for Manchester residents when his commercial waste ended up blocking a local road. We will not tolerate outrageous behaviour of this kind, which has quite rightly ended in his prosecution.
“Our Environmental Crimes team are making sure that those who think they can get away with illegally dumping their waste in our neighbourhoods find themselves in court.”
Aslam is one of four individuals or companies to be prosecuted for waste offences by Manchester City Council in recent weeks, with penalties against the culprits totalling more than £4,600.
Posh Wash Moston Limited, a laundry firm, were fined £2,000, plus £628 in costs and surcharges, after waste was found piled outside their premises on Lightbowne Road. The firm failed to provide any proof that they had a valid waste contract in place and also failed to attend a hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court on 3 October, where they were found guilty in their absence.
Ndey Kumba Sallah, of Maine Road, Manchester, was penalised £1,050 for failing to provide evidence of a commercial waste contract, after Manchester council investigated reports of waste being dumped in the vicinity of her business premises on Princess Road, Moss Side. Sallah, trading as Tjay Hair and Beauty Supply, pleaded guilty on 15 September and was fined £500, plus court costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £50.
Adrian Protop, of Ivy Street, Moston, was found guilty of three offences of dumping waste in an alleyway close to his home and ordered to pay £1,019. Protop, 34, failed to attend a hearing on 29 September and was convicted in his absence.
Residents can take domestic waste and recycling items – including waste from normal day-to-day household activities and DIY jobs – to any of Manchester’s Recycling Centres, free of charge. To find your nearest Recycling Centre, go to http://www.recycleforgreatermanchester.com/wheres-my-nearest-recycling-centre.