Woman must pay £630 for dumping rubbish in car park outside her home

Martins Court, York. Photograph © Google Street View
10 Dec 2019 @ 8.14 am
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A York woman has been ordered to pay £630 for repeatedly fly-tipping, despite receiving waste disposal advice from City of York Council.

Sharn Ogden, 27 of Martins Court off Leeman Road, was seen disposing of a table and chairs in the car park of Martins Court on 29 July 2019, York Magistrates’ Court heard.


City of York Council enforcement officers made multiple attempts to contact Ms Ogden, which she failed to respond to.

On 13 August 2019, Ms Ogden admitted to leaving the waste and said she would take the items to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre. However when officers returned to Martins Court on 13 October 2019, the items had not been removed.

Several home visits

Since 2016, Ms Ogden has received several home visits from enforcement officers regarding waste issues in the area, six letters advising her how to present her waste correctly and two fly-tipping warnings.

Ms Ogden continued to present her waste unlawfully, has been charged for the removal of items and had now been prosecuted.


She attended court and pleaded guilty to one offence of fly-tipping. She was fined £312 by York Magistrates on 3 December, and ordered to pay costs of £286 and a surcharge of £32.

Tom Brittain the council’s assistant director for housing and community safety, said:

  • We offer plentiful advice to residents on how to dispose of waste lawfully and safely and, as this and other cases show, we will take action when people fly-tip.

You can find information about waste and recycling on the council website.