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Wrongly fined €150 for illegal dumping

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,602 ✭✭✭ Hitman3000


    Good luck with your battle with the council!


    He'll need it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 605 ✭✭✭ paulb06


    Hitman3000 wrote: »
    So your Mum was intimidated, but it never occurred to you to involve the Guards? Why not?

    When did I say at any stage that it never occurred to me to get the Gardai involved? Of course it occurred to me!

    He knows where she lives. Thinking of my mother's safety - the main reason we didn't get them involved.

    This was all forgotten about as far as I was concerned until I received the fine.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,313 Sam Kade


    paulb06 wrote: »
    I allowed this person to dump? Seriously? Good man.

    To access the problem, you need access through the attic to check the extent of the problem - that is the connection.

    The attic was full of black bags stored up there over the years.

    Why would he need to go into the attic to get to the gutter? Doesn't make sense.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,602 ✭✭✭ Hitman3000


    paulb06 wrote:
    When did I say at any stage that it never occurred to me to get the Gardai involved? Of course it occurred to me!


    You do realise if you are going to appeal it you need to provide the details of who removed the rubbish.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,602 ✭✭✭ Hitman3000


    paulb06 wrote:
    This was all forgotten about as far as I was concerned until I received the fine.


    In you're initial post you asked for advice. Well here's some if you choose to accept it. First pay the fine, tough pill to swallow but less hassle. Second if you ever want work done for you or any other family member seek recommendations from family, friends or neighbours and look at previous work carried out by whoever is recommended to you. Not being a smarta$$ just some advice.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 605 ✭✭✭ paulb06


    Hitman3000 wrote: »
    You do realise if you are going to appeal it you need to provide the details of who removed the rubbish.

    Yes I know that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,060 ✭✭✭ Shelflife


    Hi Paul, I recently had an issue similar to your own. I did some building work and some rubble was taken away and dumped at another site for foundations all legit and above board.

    The other site was refused planning permission so the foundation rubble became waste and the removal of the rubble became my problem. I queried how it was my issue and the council said as it was my property it was my responsibility to ensure it was dumped legally.

    In my case it was the contractor who sorted it out for me, but the legal obligation lay at my door.

    It will probably be the same with yourself, your rubbish was given to someone to dump correctly, even though the fault lay with the "contractor" the rubbish is still your property and the responsibility to dump correctly remains yours.

    Appeal away if you want , but just dont throw good money after bad as its stacked against you.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,736 ✭✭✭✭ Alun


    I agree. Just view the €150 "fine" as the money you would have had to pay to dispose of it properly in the first place, and forget about it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,470 ✭✭✭ wench


    paulb06 wrote: »
    He knows where she lives. Thinking of my mother's safety - the main reason we didn't get them involved.
    Is your mother's continued safety not worth another €150?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,556 ✭✭✭ Roger Hassenforder


    Shelflife wrote: »
    Hi Paul, I recently had an issue similar to your own. I did some building work and some rubble was taken away and dumped at another site for foundations all legit and above board.

    The other site was refused planning permission so the foundation rubble became waste and the removal of the rubble became my problem. I queried how it was my issue and the council said as it was my property it was my responsibility to ensure it was dumped legally.

    In my case it was the contractor who sorted it out for me, but the legal obligation lay at my door.

    out of curiosity, was it not always "waste"?
    I thought you could only use rubble on the same site for fill, but once it goes off site, it becomes waste, so the site it goes to, would need some kid of permit to use it, rather than planning permission..


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,775 ✭✭✭ Effects


    Sam Kade wrote: »
    Why would he need to go into the attic to get to the gutter? Doesn't make sense.

    Please see page one where this was already discussed. It makes perfect sense in the bigger picture.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,060 ✭✭✭ Shelflife


    out of curiosity, was it not always "waste"?
    I thought you could only use rubble on the same site for fill, but once it goes off site, it becomes waste, so the site it goes to, would need some kid of permit to use it, rather than planning permission..

    It was about 10 years ago, not sure of the ins and outs but that's the way it was explained to me.

    As regards to the OPs case , my point was that the waste was mine and the disposal of it correctly was my responsibility.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,769 Mod ✭✭✭✭ nuac


    Paulb06

    I presume you have got legal advice by now.
    The 150 Euro is an OTS fine for minor matters
    The Council could still issue and serve a DC summons on you, as this considerable amount of litter is traceable to you . Max fine 3,000 Euro.

    Or/ by any chance are you telling the full story here?


  • Registered Users Posts: 605 ✭✭✭ paulb06


    nuac wrote: »
    Paulb06

    I presume you have got legal advice by now.
    The 150 Euro is an OTS fine for minor matters
    The Council could still issue and serve a DC summons on you, as this considerable amount litter is traceable to you . Max fine 3,000 Euro.

    Or/ by any chance are you telling the full story here?

    This "considerable" amount litter was not all mine but that's another thing I won't be able to prove Nuac, but thanks again for accusing me of not being fully truthful.

    Again, I have asked anyone who had doubts over my story to query with directly with me and I felt I had answered them but anyway - it's extremely frustrating trying to answer all the keyboard warriors here when whatever I say is never going to be good enough or will prompt a stupid reply.

    I am now aware I will not able to prove to the council that this absolute toerag dumped my stuff so I will be biting the bullet and will be paying the €150 fine and will know in future to use reputable companies to dispose of my rubbish.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,608 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    Hard lesson op but I'm fairly sure I've seen illegal dumping like this before. came across some before, it was blatantly obvious where the waste came from, local business, but like yourself, I suspect they used unlicensed remover. We reported it anyway, never followed it up, so no idea if there was a fine or prosecution, probably not, waste was removed though


  • Registered Users Posts: 605 ✭✭✭ paulb06


    Hi all

    Just a follow up, in the end I decided to appeal the fine directly with the council as it wasn't costing me anything to do so.

    Wrote out a letter explaining the entire situation and that the main point I wanted to get across was that that we never used this "company" to remove any rubbish, we only used them to provide us with a quote to fix the issue with the birds nesting in the gutter. I also printed out 2 ads from the paper which I sent to the council and requested they actively pursue them.

    I am happy to confirm they have reviewed the whole situation the appeal was successful!

    Absolutely delighted! :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,571 ✭✭✭ degsie


    A lesson for everyone, current radio ads also raising awareness. Only use licenced operators who should have ID and licence number on display.


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