A Northern Moor restaurant has been served with a penalty of more than £1,000, after being prosecuted for fly-tipping by Manchester City Council.
Scanditalia Limited admitted responsibility for a mound of dumped waste which was discovered by a council officer on land to the rear of its premises on Sale Road in July 2018.
Officers investigating the fly-tip spoke to builders at the site of the offence, who explained that they were completing refurbishment work to convert the building into a restaurant and were waiting for a skip to be delivered for disposal of the waste.
The builders were given a deadline for the skip to be delivered and told that officers would return to check that the waste had been cleared from the council-owned land.
Officers followed up by visiting the site on two occasions in August 2018, but found that rather than being cleared away as promised, the pile of waste had increased. On further investigation, evidence was retrieved from within the waste, linking it to Scanditalia Limited, before the waste was cleared by the council.
Investigators invited Scanditalia Ltd to attend an interview under caution, but received no response to their written request and the firm was subsequently prosecuted.
At a Manchester Magistrates Court hearing on 19 July 2019, Scanditalia's representative blamed the contractors who had been employed to carry out the refurbishment work for the offence, saying they believed their contractors would dispose of all waste correctly. They also claimed not to have received the letters which were sent to their registered office inviting them to attend an interview under caution in time to respond. However, the company accepted their responsibility for not having systems in place to prevent the offence from happening.
After pleading guilty to fly-tipping, Scanditalia Ltd was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £590, plus a victim surcharge of £50 - a total penalty of £1,140.
Manchester City Council is investing an additional £500,000 in anti-flytipping resources during 2019/20, which is being invested in officers on the ground and in resources to help deter and detect offenders. So far this year, the council has brought 80 successful prosecutions for fly-tipping and related offences, while also seizing three vehicles which were involved in fly-tipping.
Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “There are simply no excuses for fly-tipping and the council’s dedicated officers are constantly working to take offenders to court for these selfish crimes. Scanditalia failed in their legal duty to ensure that their waste was dealt with appropriately and deserved to be prosecuted, so I’d like to thank our officers on the ground for making sure this offence was detected and ultimately heavily penalised.
“Illegally dumping waste in our neighbourhoods is harmful to Manchester residents’ quality of life, which is why catching the culprits remains one of our top priorities."