A private landlord has been slapped with a fine for allowing their tenant’s rubbish to be fly-tipped in an East Devon village beauty spot.
Items of furniture, old mattresses, plastic bin bags, and children’s toys were among the pile of rubbish dumped illegally at a spot in Uplyme, East Devon.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) said it is investigating an unlicensed waste carrier who dumped the rubbish, and further enforcement may occur.
The council said it aimed to prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping in the district.
The landlord was served a £400 fixed penalty notice, reduced to £200 after being paid within 10 days, for the mess left at Yawl Cross Woods Trail by one of his tenants, said EDDC.
EDDC said the landlord was unable to demonstrate they had used a licenced waste carrier to dispose of the rubbish.
Cllr Geoff Jung, EDDC’s portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, thanked the volunteers who cleared up fly-tipped rubbish.
He said: “This is a good reminder to residents and landlords that their responsibility for their waste doesn’t end when they pay someone to take it away.
“It is so frustrating, that with so many wonderful volunteers spending their spare time picking up rubbish and litter in our beautiful countryside and on our beaches that some people think they can get away with fly tipping.
“I can assure you, we will always prosecute, if we can identify the person responsible.”
EDDC photographed the messy scene at Yawl Cross Woods Trail that council officers had to clean up.