Waltham Forest Council has successfully brought legal proceedings against a gardening company for fly tipping in the borough, boosting the drive to clampdown on offenders.
Gold Leafe Garden Services, managed by David Francisco, hired an individual in April 2018 to dispose of waste, without first checking he had the proper license and credentials. A pile of bricks and broken pieces of wood were found incorrectly disposed of on Folly Lane, north of Walthamstow, and the organisation was fined £1,907 at court proceedings last month.
Francisco was required to supply the registration of the car used to dispose of the waste to the council. A subsequent Driver and Vehicle License Authority search revealed Scott Johnson was the owner of the vehicle, registered in Sheffield. A notice was sent twice to the owner of the registered vehicle but no response was received.
Francisco sent a letter of apology to Waltham Forest Council a few weeks after the incident, in which he said he was “very upset and embarrassed” about what happened.
“Unfortunately we needed rubbish removed urgently and we could not obtain our regular hire firm. My team took it on themselves to source an alternative waste remover who was recommended. They did not ask for his waste license as he said that he had one before they could even ask, so they assumed all was ok.”
The council calls on all companies to thoroughly check the credentials of waste disposal companies before hiring.