Santana “environmental crime”.

Municipality condemns illegal waste dumping

Environmental crime in Santana“Whoever does this does not love his land, does not respect his land and does not deserve the privilege that nature gave to his land” reads the legend accompanying this photo on the Facebook page of the Municipality of Santana. The location of what they label “environmental crime” is on a hillside in the parish of Faial, with views to Porto Santo.
The local council say the origin of this ‘attack’ may never be discovered, despite the possibility of an examination of the waste allowing a police investigation to deduces its origin. “It’s the shame of all of us”.
“It is sad that in the 21st century there are still human beings capable of not understanding the negative impact that this has on nature, tourism and the economy” continues the Facebook page.
As for the local authority, “we’ll do everything we can to clean up this garbage”.


6 thoughts on “Santana “environmental crime”.”

  1. I don’t know if you can help me with some information about the responsibility of owners/agents for H&S of tenants while renting?

    I have rented apartments for holidays in Madeira a few times over recent years, and intend to do so again later this year. I have found a really nice property and been sent the terms and conditions and was surprised and concerned to see the following statement:

    “The Agent, Owner and the Management Company will not be liable for any injury, sickness, loss, damage or additional expenses or inconvenience directly or indirectly arising out of the design, structure, use or condition of any building or premises, their approaches or contents or mechanical and/or electrical services belonging thereto or out of any defect therein.”

    I’ve never come across any such statement in terms and conditions before and wonder if you could tell me whether a) this is normal and b) this is legal? It just seems extraordinary that owners/agents can absolve all H&S responsibility. I would have thought they would have some legal obligation to ensure their properties, fixtures, fittings, etc. were in a safe condition and be liable for any injury that arises from that not being the case?

    I would be really grateful for information you could provide.
    Many thanks,

    • Hmmm, interesting. I would imagine that Alojamento Local regulations would stipulate that CO detectors were fitted where gas is used and that the electrics met required safety standards. I am sure the Admin here will know.

      • I am not aware of too many CO detectors being installed Maurice. This may be due to the different nature of bottled gas? All that is required under AL is that the cut-off to the gas supply is clearly identified.

  2. An illegal deposit of waste is known as ‘fly tipping’ in the UK and Local Authorities treat it seriously.
    ‘In 2016/17 more than one million incidences of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils in England. The estimated cost of clearing up this waste was over £58 million. Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted. The courts have various powers available to them to tackle fly-tipping, including imprisonment, substantial fines of up to £50,000 orders to pay costs and an order to deprive rights to a vehicle used to commit the offence.’ Very good series on TV how they catch fly tippers and how the Courts deal with offenders.

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