Monday, 26 March 2012

Leeds women prosecuted over garden mess

Failing to clear up gardens in Whinmoor (top) and Beeston (below) land residents in court.

Leeds residents are counting the cost of ignoring advice and warnings on how to deal with their household waste.

Despite numerous reminders, Leanne Foyle of Ash Tree Approach, Whinmoor and Chelsea Blankhorn of Normanton Grove, Beeston were found guilty of failing to clear domestic waste and household items from their gardens.

Both women were handed a £350 fine each from Leeds Magistrates Court. Ms Foyle was told to pay £428 costs to Leeds City Council and a £15 victim surcharge while Ms Blankhorn was also told to pay costs of £379.43 and a £15 victim surcharge.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services said:

“Why anyone would allow household rubbish and furniture to pile up on their own doorstep is beyond me and I can only imagine what it must have been like for neighbours and the wider community. We’re always willing to work with people and to provide advice if they need it. But, when you repeatedly ignore that advice and your responsibilities we can and will take action.”

Problems at Ms Foyle’s Whinmoor property became apparent in December 2011 when an officer from the council’s locality team spotted around 20 bags of rubbish piled up in the back garden along with a mattress.

Ms Foyle was repeatedly advised to dispose of the waste appropriately, but she continued to let the mound of black bags, food and other household rubbish, grow and fester in her garden.

Leeds City Council has now cleared the garden and will be recovering these costs from Ms Foyle too.

A sofa was left abandoned in Ms Blankhorn’s Beeston garden. She too ignored numerous warning to remove the furniture.

The council used it’s powers under Section 92 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to require both residents to clean up their gardens within 28 days. They ignored these final legal notices and ended up in court.

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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577