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Skip company fined

Published Tuesday, 17 September 2013

A company and its owner have been fined by magistrates in relation to five offences of placing a skip on the highway without a licence after being prosecuted by Enfield Council.

ENA Skips pleaded guilty to the offences and its owner and manager Lazaros Aresti was found guilty in his absence at Enfield Magistrates’ Court on Friday 6 September.

The company was fined £200 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge while Aresti was fined £300 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge, the pair we ordered to split the council’s costs of £1,948.50 between them.

The court heard that Aresti and the company had paid eight fixed penalty notices for similar offences over the last two years when the company could not get skip licences because its public liability insurance had run out.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Shris Bond, said: “This prosecution sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate illegal obstruction of the roads in this borough.

“We operate a licensing scheme for skips so we can keep our roads and pavements clear and minimise traffic disruption as far as possible. People cannot just throw skips down wherever they choose because it can cause chaos and severely inconvenience people going about their daily business.

“We didn’t want to prosecute this company and its owner, but we were given very little choice when you consider they have already been issued eight fixed penalty notices for breaking the law, you’d have thought they’d have learned by now, but sadly that doesn’t seem to have been the case.”

 

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