Fencing firm fined after three-year fly-tipping investigation

Fly-tipped debris in Broadfield Road, Hemel Hempstead

We have carried out a successful fly-tipping prosecution after an investigation of more than three years.

Rupert Brown, trading as RB Fencing, was ordered to pay a fine of £6,000, a victim surcharge of £170 and costs of £2,500 at St Albans Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 10 November.

The company admitted using Council land to deposit commercial waste, including green waste and fencing materials, on an electrical substation in Broadfield Road, Hemel Hempstead. The firm then disposed of the waste in skips between December 2017 and June 2020.

Cllr Julie Banks, our Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: "Dumping rubbish isn't tolerated under any circumstances. It’s unsightly for other residents and costly to remove. People’s waste is their responsibility and cases such as this are a clear message that we will always work to protect our community and environment.”

We are part of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (HFTG). This is a multi-agency taskforce including the borough, district and county councils as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers' Union.

These organisations have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly-tipping. The HFTG is delivering improvements in enforcement capability across the county, as well as rolling out new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly-tippers.

The HFTG is also behind the award-winning #SCRAPflytipping campaign used across Hertfordshire to help educate residents, and has been provided to other local authorities across the UK (free of charge) to help promote a consistent message.

For more information, visit the Hertfordshire County Council fly-tipping page.

  • Fly-tipped rubbish in Broadfield Road in Hemel Hempstead
  • Fly-tipped waste in Broadfield Road in Hemel Hempstead