Roofer fined for fly tipping asbestos in a Milton Keynes village

Wednesday 24 November 2021



A roofing business which fly tipped harmful sheets of asbestos on a roadside in the village of Ravenstone has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 following a successful investigation by Milton Keynes Council.

Walkers Flat Roofing Limited, of Thrapston in Northamptonshire appeared at MK Magistrates Court on 12 November and pleaded guilty to the offence which was spotted by a member of the public in May 2021.

The witness reported the incident to MK Council’s Environmental Crime Unit and officers visited the scene to find dangerous sheets of asbestos dumped in the roadside undergrowth.

The Northants roofing firm failed to cooperate with MK Council’s investigation and were summoned to appear in court.  Walkers Flat Roofing Limited pleaded guilty to the offence, were fined £800 and ordered to pay £782.04 to cover the Council’s costs.

In September 2021 MK Council unveiled its new action plan and allocated extra funding to tackle fly-tipping in MK.  Over the last year, the Council’s Environmental Crime Unit has issued 129 Fixed Penalty Notices for waste crimes, including 53 for fly-tipping.

Cllr Lauren Townsend, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm at MK Council said: “This was a particularly nasty case of fly tipped harmful waste in our countryside.  We’re grateful to everybody who came forward to assist us with this operation, and I’d also like to thank the Council’s Environmental Crime Unit for their swift action.

“We’re committed to cracking down on all types of fly tipping in Milton Keynes, including commercial-scale dumping like this.  We’ll take action against anyone, businesses or individuals, who fail to deal with their waste correctly.”