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Newcastle lettings company fined after Gateshead fly tip

waste left dumped in lane

A Newcastle-based lettings company has been heavily fined after a fly tip was traced back to one of their properties.

Newcastle Lettings Ltd of Fenham Hall Drive in Newcastle Upon Tyne appeared before Gateshead magistrates this week after a Council investigation linked rubbish dumped in a lane behind Saltwell Road in Bensham with an address in Hampton Gardens, Clayton Street in Newcastle.

Enquiries with Newcastle Council showed that the property was owned by Premier Acquisitions Ltd trading as Newcastle Lettings Ltd. Newcastle Lettings Ltd were also listed as the managing agents for the property.

The company was asked to supply details of the tenant of the property so they could be questioned about how their rubbish had appeared dumped in Gateshead. However, the company failed to respond to either written letters or e-mails. They were then sent a legal notice requiring them to supply the details of the tenant of the property, but again the company failed to respond.

Gateshead Council then took the decision to prosecute Newcastle Lettings for the offence of Failing to Supply Information to Gateshead Council after being served with a notice requiring them to do so.

At Gateshead Magistrates Court, Newcastle Lettings Ltd pleaded guilty by letter, stating that their failure to respond was as a result of 'an administrative error'.  

Magistrates fined the company £2,000.00 with costs of £200.00 costs and a £200 victim surcharge.

Report fly tippingCouncillor John Adams, who lives in the area, said: "It's extremely puzzling how an 'administrative error' could lead to this company continually declining to help us trace the former occupant of their property.  

"And it's just as puzzling how rubbish from a property in Newcastle city centre mysteriously appeared in a back lane Bensham in the first place. Clearly, someone has put it there.

"This case underlines the fact that we aren't just dealing with local people who put their own rubbish out carelessly, we are dealing with people who make a deliberate effort to fly tip, or who are paid by someone to fly tip on their behalf. And again, as this case suggests, it's a region-wide problem.

"Hopefully, this eye-watering fine will serve as a reminder that a clean environment is everyone's responsibility. Everyone should dispose of waste properly and ensure that if they do employ someone else to do so they have the appropriate paperwork and are going to dispose of it properly.

"Remember, if you see someone fly tipping, report it and we will do all we can to deal with it."

You can report fly tipping online via the Gateshead Council website at www.gateshead.gov.uk/flytipping.

waste left dumped in lane
17 March 2020

A Newcastle-based lettings company has been heavily fined after a fly tip was traced back to one of their properties.

Newcastle Lettings Ltd of Fenham Hall Drive in Newcastle Upon Tyne appeared before Gateshead magistrates this week after a Council investigation linked rubbish dumped in a lane behind Saltwell Road in Bensham with an address in Hampton Gardens, Clayton Street in Newcastle.

Enquiries with Newcastle Council showed that the property was owned by Premier Acquisitions Ltd trading as Newcastle Lettings Ltd. Newcastle Lettings Ltd were also listed as the managing agents for the property.

The company was asked to supply details of the tenant of the property so they could be questioned about how their rubbish had appeared dumped in Gateshead. However, the company failed to respond to either written letters or e-mails. They were then sent a legal notice requiring them to supply the details of the tenant of the property, but again the company failed to respond.

Gateshead Council then took the decision to prosecute Newcastle Lettings for the offence of Failing to Supply Information to Gateshead Council after being served with a notice requiring them to do so.

At Gateshead Magistrates Court, Newcastle Lettings Ltd pleaded guilty by letter, stating that their failure to respond was as a result of 'an administrative error'.  

Magistrates fined the company £2,000.00 with costs of £200.00 costs and a £200 victim surcharge.

Report fly tippingCouncillor John Adams, who lives in the area, said: "It's extremely puzzling how an 'administrative error' could lead to this company continually declining to help us trace the former occupant of their property.  

"And it's just as puzzling how rubbish from a property in Newcastle city centre mysteriously appeared in a back lane Bensham in the first place. Clearly, someone has put it there.

"This case underlines the fact that we aren't just dealing with local people who put their own rubbish out carelessly, we are dealing with people who make a deliberate effort to fly tip, or who are paid by someone to fly tip on their behalf. And again, as this case suggests, it's a region-wide problem.

"Hopefully, this eye-watering fine will serve as a reminder that a clean environment is everyone's responsibility. Everyone should dispose of waste properly and ensure that if they do employ someone else to do so they have the appropriate paperwork and are going to dispose of it properly.

"Remember, if you see someone fly tipping, report it and we will do all we can to deal with it."

You can report fly tipping online via the Gateshead Council website at www.gateshead.gov.uk/flytipping.

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