Sunderland shop left to pick up £300 fine after rubbish is flytipped on Southwick Green
A shop has been left to pay a £300 fine after complaints over dumped waste on Southwick Green led investigators to its door.
The Southwick Altogether Raising Aspirations (SARA) environmental enforcement team served the penalty on a city shop after they investigated complaints of flytipping at the green.
When the shop was unable to show any records of how it got rid of its waste, it was served the fine by Sunderland City Council – the business has not been named.
SARA brings together the council with Northumbria Police, Gentoo, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Group, Health Partners and Voluntary and Community Groups.
It was launched last year with the aim of rejuvenating the area and supporting people living in those communities.
SARA board member and Southwick ward member, Councillor Alex Samuels said: “One of the regular concerns raised by residents through SARA and the council's city-wide Let's Talk consultations is littering and fly-tipping.
“Residents say they want to see more action against those who litter and fly-tip in our community and the council has stepped up its enforcement against the minority who do not dispose of their waste and litter appropriately.
“With complaints about tipping in and Southwick Green, enforcement officers began checking with businesses that they were disposing of their waste legally.
“This business received this penalty because it could not show or explain how it removed its waste.”