£10,000 in fines for fly-tipping offences in Epping Forest

Offenders have been ordered to pay nearly £10,000 in fines and costs for fly-tipping offences on Epping Forest in recent weeks.

Two cases were held at the end of April at Chelmsford Magistrates Court. In one case Mr Dechko Enev was ordered to pay £1292 for failing to ensure a bathroom suite was disposed of properly, and in another, employee Petru Sarghi, of The Carpet Shop in Chingford, and its Director Barry Jacobs, were ordered to pay £3785 for fly-tipping old flooring.

A further case was heard at the court on Thursday 11th May, when Mr Victor Dmitriu and his company, V&V building services, were ordered to pay £4743 for failing to ensure their rubbish - which ended up at High Beach and Fernhall Lane - was disposed of properly.

The City of London Corporation, which manages the ancient woodland of Epping Forest, has secured more than £40,000 in fines and costs for fly-tipping offences this year. Costs awarded are re-invested back into the management of the ancient woodland and fines go to the court.

Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest Committee said:

“Once again we have been successful in prosecuting people for fly-tipping offences on Epping Forest. It is unacceptable for people to dump rubbish in the Forest and we will vigorously prosecute anyone found to be carrying out this sort of illegal activity."

A live cat, a goat, several large dogs, a dead donkey and 16,000kg of building waste are just some of the things that have been dumped in Epping Forest in recent years.

The City of London Corporation offers a £500 reward to individuals who can provide evidence which leads to a prosecution for fly tipping. The number to call is: 020 8532 1010.

It cleans up an average of 600 fly tips and 300 tonnes of rubbish every year in Epping Forest at a cost of £300,000. This is money which could be spent on managing the Forest. Volunteers spend over 7000 hours a year collecting litter in Epping Forest.

The City of London Corporation manages over 11,000 acres of green space across London and south east England, including Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath and Burnham Beeches, with many of its sites designated National nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest for their unique ecology and rare plant species.

Epping Forest is London and Essex’s largest open space, attracting nearly 5 million visits a year.