In the last edition of PPP, it was reported that fly tipping had blighted parts of the Ashridge Estate, an area of outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep. Many residents and users complained about these vandalous acts. To make it worse, the Parish Council was saddened to learn that one of the offenders was a Pitstone resident who recently pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Magistrates Court to dumping waste illegally and was fined over £2,000. The case, one of more than 400 convictions since it launched Illegal Dumping Costs campaign in October 2003 to combat fly tipping in Buckinghamshire, was brought by Buckinghamshire County Council on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. On average, there is at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire so at least action is being taken to protect our environment and recover costs that ultimately would be passed onto the Council Tax payer. Residents can report fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire by calling 0845 330 1856 or report it online at http://buckscc.gov.uk/fly It is also advised that if you are employing individuals to remove waste from your property that you check the contractor or individual has the required waste permit to dispose of it on your behalf, to avoid being held liable if it is then dumped illegally.