Failing to make sure her household rubbish was disposed of in the correct manner has landed a Hailsham woman with a fine and a criminal record.

Nicola Patten, 54, of Archery Walk, Hailsham, pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrate’s Court on Monday 20 January to failing to comply with the duty of care in relation to several black sacks of her rubbish.  These ended up fly-tipped at Rickney Lane, in the scenic Pevensey Marshes. She was fined £120, ordered to pay £30 victim surcharge and a £243.50 contribution towards Wealden District Council’s costs.

“Everyone who produces rubbish, from tradesmen to householders, has a legal duty to make sure their rubbish is disposed of in the correct manner, including only using Registered Waste Carriers,” explained Councillor Ann Newton, Cabinet member with responsibility for landscape protection.

“Our Street Scene Team were able to trace the rubbish to Mrs Patten’s property. Without her providing proof that she used the services of a Registered Waste Carrier, she clearly failed in her responsibilities to prevent her rubbish being dumped.

“If everyone paid greater attention to their responsibilities for waste disposal, we would be able to dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish fly-tipped in our beautiful District. A cheerful offer to take your rubbish away by someone who is not a Registered Waste Carrier could land you in court.”

To find out how you can do the right thing with your rubbish visit Wealden District Council’s website and search for Householder’s Duty of Care, or click here . Alternatively call the Environment Agency on 0370 850 6506 for more details on waste carriers, or visit their website.


Photo shows the fly-tipped rubbish at Rickney Lane on the Pevensey Levels.