By Denna Bowman
A farmer who dumped everything from tyres to chemical drums in the countryside has been fined £3,000 for running an illegal waste site.
Chichester Crown Court heard that John Ayling, dumped tyres, car batteries, chemical drums, tins of paint and large household items such as televisions and fridges on his land without an environmental permit.
Ayling, 71, who was said to be a cause of problems for the emergency services and a nuisance to residents, was fined £3,000 for fly-tipping at Mouthey’s Common, East Ashling, near Chichester.
James Humphrys, the Environment Agency’s area manager, said: “Prosecution is usually the last resort for us, but it was clear the illegal operations at the site could no longer be tolerated.
“Mr Ayling had a blatant disregard for the community and the local environment as his activities were dangerous and highly irresponsible.
“We will have no hesitation in prosecuting individuals or businesses who persist in committing offences that cause misery to local residents, cause a drain on the emergency services and have the potential to cause harm to the environment.”
Stephen Smyth, defending, said: “This is the old world of the farming community coming into contact with the new world. He (Ayling) has been left behind by the tide, really.
“This crime had made the countryside a terrible mess.”
Ayling, who pleaded guilty, was fined £3,000 for the dumping offences and was ordered to pay court costs of £1,500.
He was also given a community order where he must carry out 60 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.