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Brent utilises new powers

Brent council has been using the new powers issued to local authorities in April to fine 35 businesses in a crack down on traders who illegally dump their waste in the streets.

The council said such dumping was costing it over £150,000 a year in clean-up costs. In a bid to curb this it has taken advantage of its ability to issue £300 on the spot fines against shops and businesses without proper waste documentation.

We are determined to stop unscrupulous businessmen and shopkeepers who make a mess of our town centre pavements and expect council taxpayers to foot the bill. Traders who dont have the right documents should be warned: sort it out or risk being heavily fined, said councillor Paul Lorber.

Brent said traders who continued to flout the law after being fined would be taken to court, where they can be fined up to £5,000 plus costs. The council currently has eleven prosecutions for failing to produce waste documents currently awaiting hearing by the court.


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