Woman to pay out almost £400 for dumping black bags in lane

150 days ago

A Llanelli woman is almost £400 out of pocket for blighting the lane outside her home with rubbish.

Gemma West, of Burry Street, Llanelli, appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Friday (February 15, 2019) to plead guilty to two offences contrary to s.46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

In May, 2018, Carmarthenshire County Council enforcement officers received reports of black bags dumped in the lane to the rear of Burry Street, and on inspection found evidence linking them to West.

As it was a blue bag recycling collection week in the area that week, West was served a Section 46 Notice requiring her to adhere to the council’s waste and recycling collection service.

The council received further similar reports in September 2018, with waste in black bags linking back to West’s address. She was issued a Fixed Penalty Notice for breaching the Section 46 Notice she was served a few months’ previous.

Despite letters threatening court action, no payment was received.

Then, in October, enforcement officers found more than 10 black bags of waste at the rear of her property, and again were able to link them back to her.

Appearing at court, the 34-year-old admitted two offences and offered no explanation for her actions.

She was fined £100, and told to pay £243.35 costs and a £30 Victim Surcharge.

Cllr Philip Hughes, the council’s Executive Board Member for enforcement, said: “It was clear that this Gemma West had little regard for her neighbours or her environment, and despite warnings failed to act responsibly in properly presenting her waste for collection. We had no option but to bring this case to court, to demonstrate to her – and others – that we will not tolerate this blight on our communities. I sincerely hope that this is a lesson learned.”