Council plans to ban HGVs

HSE

A consultation to permanently ban hundreds of HGVs along a Norfolk road near the A11 closes this week.

Norfolk County Council proposes to make an order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act to prohibit vehicles over 18-tonnes from using the B1111 between the A1066 and the A11 after a 12-month trial showed there was “a beneficial effect” on the road network and nearby properties.

Residents of East Harling have campaigned for more than 20 years to stop lorries from travelling along the B road and through their village, claiming that more than 300 HGV movements a day were causing damage to roads and properties.

The trial led to a fall of more than 40% in lorry movements.

A consultation document from Norfolk County Council stated: “This prohibition was trialled by way of an experimental order to determine if the effect of prohibiting vehicles over 18 tonnes in weight over the roads listed above would benefit the road network and adjoining properties. 

“Monitoring during the experimental period has shown the prohibition to have a beneficial effect on these issues and it is therefore considered appropriate to make an order for the permanent prohibition of these vehicles.”

The consultation closes on 3 January and objections and representations relating to the order can be made in writing or by emailing trafficorders@norfolk.gov.uk

Unlawful dumping of waste lands fly-tipper in court

HMRC

A rogue operator who advertised a waste clearance service on Facebook before fly-tipping two loads in Wiltshire has been fined £3,275.

Ryan Clegg pleaded guilty at Salisbury Magistrates’ court on 2 December to two counts of fly-tipping, one count of failing in his duty of care when managing controlled waste and one count of transporting controlled waste without a waste carriers’ licence.

Wiltshire Council presented evidence that showed Clegg was paid to collect a large quantity of waste as a result of adverts on social media.

However, instead of lawfully disposing of the waste at a commercial waste tip, Clegg dumped it across two sites near Calne.

The defendant failed to attend his first hearing at Swindon Magistrates’ in September and so he was arrested and brought before the court in November and released on bail.

Clegg was also sentenced to 140 hours of community work.

Councillor Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and waste said, “This prosecution highlights the growing problem of ‘tip run’ operators advertising on social media, then fly-tipping the waste. The severity of the punishment shows how seriously the courts take this issue. 

“Hopefully the community order will include litter picking and waste clearance.

“If someone offers to take your waste away cheaply, it will probably end up being fly-tipped in our beautiful countryside.”

Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice to taken to court where they face an unlimited fine or imprisonment.