LEND YOUR VEHICLE TO A MATE? THEY COULD BE DUMPING RUBBISH – BUT IT’S YOU WHO PAYS THE FINE! – council’s warning / VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO BE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS IN LEWISHAM LIBRARIES

Residents are being warned to be wary about lending their vehicles to others following prosecution for a fly-tipping offence.

The warning comes from Bromley council after a male was seen on CCTV dumping garden waste, black bags and other household items from a silver Ford Transit van normally used by a Beckenham resident.

The rubbish was dumped in a private alleyway in Croydon Road, Elmers End. The fly-tipping offence was caught on CCTV.

Following the hearing at Bromley magistrates’ court the van’s owner pleaded guilty under the Environmental Protection Act section 33(5).
 
The 1990 Act states that if the waste is deposited from a vehicle, the person who controls the use of the vehicle shall be treated as knowingly causing the waste to be dumped, whether or not he gave any instructions for this to be done.

“As he wasn’t directly involved in the fly-tipping, the judge gave the van’s owner a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £458 in costs plus £20 surcharge” said a Bromley council spokesperson.

“Anyone lending their vehicle to friends, family or colleagues should be aware that when they hand over the keys, they are still responsible.

“If their vehicle is used to transport items or waste that is dumped, in the eyes of the law simply not knowing is not an excuse.

“It is a very similar principle that exists with the ‘duty of care’ responsibilities that residents are already aware of, that only registered waste carriers should be used to dispose of waste, otherwise residents could be prosecuted if their waste is then found fly-tipped” the spokesperson added.

“The council are working hard to stop those responsible for fly-tipping and damaging the neighbourhood in a number of ways including the use of intelligence information, CCTV surveillance, ‘We’re Watching You’ campaign and ‘stop and search’ operations.

“We can also issue FPNs (fixed penalty notices), prosecute offenders and seize vehicles involved in fly-tipping and from those unable to prove they are legitimate waste carriers. “The Enviro-crime reward scheme offers up to £500 for residents who’s information helps the council prosecute offenders.

“Residents are reminded that garden waste can be disposed of as part of the council’s garden waste collection service for an annual subscription of £60. “Garden waste and other bulky waste is accepted at the council’s reuse and recycling centres for no charge for residents and for traders (at a charge).

“For legal waste disposal options, businesses and residents are advised to search http://www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews” (Source: Bromley council press release)

VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO BE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS IN LEWISHAM LIBRARIES
 
We are looking for volunteers to become reading champions and support the running of this year’s summer reading challenge in libraries.

The summer reading challenge encourages primary school age children to read over the long summer holidays.

What would being a reading champion involve?

A reading champion will:

help staff to run the summer reading challenge
talk to children about the books they’ve been reading
help with summer craft activities.

What are we looking for?

Volunteers must enjoy working and spending time with children.
Volunteers must like reading and doing craft activities.
Volunteers must be good communicators.
Volunteers need to be reliable and good time keepers.

What will I get?

full training
valuable work experience to increase employability and include in UCAS applications
the chance to increase your confidence, social skills and literacy
the chance to make a positive contribution to the community
the opportunity to be part of a national programme that inspires reading.

Get in touch

If you can offer a few hours a week from 14 July–31 August we would love to hear from you. There are opportunities to volunteer at all the libraries in the borough.

Please call into a library to express interest or email katrina.blench@lewisham.gov.uk. (Source: Lewisham council press release)

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