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Cement Dumpers Get Hard Time in Court

A building firm has been found guilty in court after they were seen dumping waste and pouring wet cement onto a road in Walthamstow.


In June 2015 Imperial Image Building Solutions, based in Newbury Park, Ilford, dumped waste and wet cement onto the public highway on Hatherley Road, Walthamstow. The wet cement gushed into a nearby gully and then hardened, staining the road surface.


 The incident was referred to an officer from Waltham Forest Council’s Neighbourhoods team, who challenged the company secretary about their actions. The company claimed they were not responsible for the dumped waste, and refused to clear it. The Council then had to arrange for the removal of the hardened cement.


The Council referred the matter to prosecution, with the case being heard at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday 29 April 2016. Nobody from the company attended and the matter was proven in their absence. The court found them guilty of two offences of dumping waste on the Public Highway (contract to section 132 and 148 of the Highways Act 1990). The company was fined £300 for each offence, and was ordered to pay £602 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge – a total financial penalty of £1232.


Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “This company showed an appalling lack of respect to the local environment by dumping waste on the public highway, so I’m very pleased that the court ruled in our favour.”


“Enviro-crimes like this can have a real negative impact on our local neighbourhoods, so we will also seek to prosecute those who blight our borough through their irresponsible behaviour. I ask residents to keep reporting fly-tippers and other environmental criminals to us so we can take necessary action.”


For more information on the work of the Neighbourhoods team in Waltham Forest visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/mystreet.


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