Fly-tipper pays the price for burning waste

Published: 30 April 2024

Two photos, one showing a fly-tipped sofa and other items, the second is a fly-tip in Stone Street on fire.

A resident who fly-tipped and burned waste along the road he lives has been handed a community order.

Jason Willoughby, of Stone Street in Stanford South, dumped various items on three separate occasions between 11 June and 18 August 2023.

He also admitted to setting alight two of those fly-tips. Locals complained of the “thick black smoke” and the negative impact of his actions.

At Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on 23 April 2024, the 53-year-old was ordered to pay court fines and costs totalling £464 and also handed a 12-month community order requiring him to undertake 80 hours of unpaid work.

A Folkestone & Hythe District Council spokesperson said: “There is absolutely no excuse for fly-tipping or burning waste. It’s anti-social, bad for our environment and – as Mr Willoughby has discovered – comes at a price.

“The carpet, sofa, and upholstery dumped by Mr Willoughby could have been disposed of considerately using our bulky waste collection service or by visiting one of Kent County Council’s household waste recycling centres.”

Residents can report fly-tipping for investigation quickly and simply by visiting the council’s website.