MJ Roofing and Building director fined for failing duty of care


Michael Pilkington has been prosecuted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council following an inquiry into a fly-tipping incident at Northgate Lane, Cliddesden.

Pilkington, from Bawtry Road, Doncaster, appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on September 13, 2022, where he pleaded guilty to breach of his duty of care.

The court heard that Pilkington, who is a director of a roofing company called MJ Roofing and Building Ltd, arranged for rubbish to be disposed of from a client’s home in Romford, Essex, without ensuring the legitimacy of the person collecting it or written vouchers for the transfer to ensure its removal.

The waste included roofing materials, felt, wooden sticks and cardboard.

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During a sentencing hearing on Tuesday April 25, judges ordered Pilkington, who was absent, to pay a fine of £1,760, a contribution to prosecution costs of £1,558 and compensation of £138 – a total of £3,632 – paid .

Tom Payne, Head of Environment and Community Services at Dean Borough Council, said: “This case shows that we are all responsible for what happens to our waste and for ensuring that those disposing of it are legitimate and doing so lawfully .

“It’s important for businesses to understand that they also need to follow additional steps.”

Mr Payne has urged individuals to do the correct verification and use legitimate services to reduce fly-tipping incidents.

“This conviction also sends a strong message to those people who may be tempted to engage in this type of criminal behavior that fly-tipping will not be tolerated,” he added.

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Fly-tipping offenses are punishable by the Crown Court with a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.

Since April last year, the council has found 10 people guilty and issued 18 fines for fly-tipping and related littering offences.

For more information on proper waste disposal controls visit basingstoke.gov.uk/flytip-campaign.