A Manchester restaurant has been served with a penalty of more than £1,000 after being prosecuted for fly-tipping during a fit-out of its site by Manchester City Council.
Scanditalia admitted responsibility for a mound of dumped waste which was discovered by a council officer on land to the rear of its premises in Northern Moor last July.
Officers investigating the fly-tip spoke to contractors at the site of the offence, who explained that they were completing refurbishment work to convert the building into a restaurant and were waiting for a skip to be delivered for disposal of the waste.
The builders were given a deadline for the skip to be delivered and told that officers would return to check that the waste had been cleared from the council-owned land.
Officers followed up by visiting the site on two occasions in August 2018, but found that rather than being cleared away as promised, the pile of waste had increased.
On further investigation, evidence was retrieved from within the waste, linking it to Scanditalia, before the waste was cleared by the council.
Investigators invited Scanditalia to attend an interview under caution, but received no response to their written request and the firm was subsequently prosecuted.
At a hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court, Scanditalia’s representative blamed the contractors who had been employed to carry out the refurbishment work for the offence, saying they believed their contractors would dispose of all waste correctly.
They also claimed not to have received the letters which were sent to their registered office inviting them to attend an interview under caution in time to respond. However, the company accepted their responsibility for not having systems in place to prevent the offence from happening.
After pleading guilty to fly-tipping, Scanditalia was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £590, plus a victim surcharge of £50 – a total penalty of £1,140.
Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member for neighbourhoods, councillor, said: “There are simply no excuses for fly-tipping and the council’s dedicated officers are constantly working to take offenders to court for these selfish crimes. Scanditalia failed in their legal duty to ensure that their waste was dealt with appropriately and deserved to be prosecuted, so I’d like to thank our officers on the ground for making sure this offence was detected and ultimately heavily penalised.”