A MAN who dumped old furniture by a Moray road has been handed a £200 bill.
The fixed penalty for fly-tipping was the first issued by Moray Council’s community wardens since new legislation came into force in April, increasing the penalty from £50.
Councillor Eric McGillivray, chair of Moray Council’s communities committee, said fly-tipping and littering were a blight which the council was committed to tackling.
"The increase in penalties is a reflection of how seriously this issue is being taken and it is one which we are determined to meet head on," he said. "The community wardens will not hesitate to issue fixed penalties to any offenders who come to their attention."
Councillor John Cowe, who chairs the council’s economic development and infrastructure services committee, added: "There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for fly-tipping and I earnestly hope that this £200 penalty acts as deterrent to others who think they will get off with dumping stuff indiscriminately in the countryside."
The new legislation has also seen the penalty for littering go up from £50 to £80.