Merton Council cleans up the fly tippers

Merton Council has successfully prosecuted three individuals and one business within weeks of each other for fly tipping and trade waste offences, maintaining its tough stance on fly tipping and encouraging businesses to act responsibly when disposing of waste from their premises.

Magistrates ordered Billy Stevens to carry out 75 hours of unpaid community services and pay £100 towards the council’s prosecution costs. Cesar Vieira was fined £200 and ordered to pay the prosecution’s costs of £200. Kingsley Dwomo and Yaw Osei-Marfu were also fined and ordered to pay costs.

Stevens of Brickfield Road pleaded guilty to dumping wood and household items on Weir Road, Wimbledon. The household items were traced back to an address in Granville Road, Wandsworth from which Stevens had been helping to remove rubbish.

Vieira of Wilson Avenue, Mitcham also pleaded guilty to dumping several bin bags at the end of Victoria Road.

Dwomo, owner of hairdressing business Clippers and Scissors, of Upper Green East Mitcham admitted to failing to provide the council with documentation showing how he disposed of his business waste. He was fined £350 and ordered to pay a £100 contribution towards prosecution costs.

In a fourth prosecution the council responded to residents’ complaints about rubbish bins being constantly left open and rubbish bags left on the floor at the back of the Emmanuel’s Groceries Ltd premises. Osei-Marfu of Fair Green Parade, Mitcham pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined £300 and was ordered to pay £761.25 in costs.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Councillor David Simpson said: “We will not tolerate people dumping waste and leaving it for others to deal with, nor will we tolerate businesses failing to manage their business waste properly. Collecting the rubbish dumped by fly tippers cost the council around £250,000 last year. It is anti-social and spoils the area for the majority of people who want to enjoy our beautiful parks and live in clean, safe streets.’