Monday, 19 November 2012

Christmas market visitors go nuts over new stall

Caption: Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson (centre right) visits the new parks and countryside stall on Millennium Square greeted by parks officers Robert Paxton (left) and Andrew Smart (right)

The new stall run by Leeds City Council's parks and countryside service at the German Christmas Market offers visitors the opportunity to buy winter plants, bird food and planters as well as a range of seasonal items.

Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson said:

"The atmosphere at the German Christmas Market is fantastic and it is great that we have a stall offering some of the best plants and products our parks and countryside service nursery has to offer. From plants to Christmas gifts that will help the environment, wildlife and biodiversity over the winter, there are a wide range of items available so we look forward to welcoming visitors and helping them get into the festive spirit."


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Roger Boyde, Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email:

Leeds man hit with maximum waste fine

A man from south Leeds has been fined thousands of pounds for allowing rubbish to rot in his yard.

Brian Parkinson of Tilsbury Parade, Holbeck, was found guilty for non compliance with Section 92 of the Environmental Protection Act having left household waste and carpet to fester outside his home for months.

He was fined £2,500 – the maximum amount for this offence – at Leeds Magistrates Court and ordered to pay costs of £469.34 and a £15 victim surcharge.

Council enforcement officers asked Parkinson to remove the mound of refuse after receiving complaints in March 2012. Following the usual council procedures, Parkinson was offered advice on how to get rid of the waste properly.

Parkinson was subsequently warned when he failed to listen to this advice and in April was issued with a legal notice to ensure the yard was cleared within 28 days.

Ignoring this legal warning to clean up and lack of action led to prosecution.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“We all have a responsibility to ensure we deal with our rubbish appropriately and there are many services on offer from the council and others to help people do so.

“If you need help to deal with your waste please ask for assistance. Our experienced staff are happy to offer their advice and expertise to make sure rubbish is reused or recycled where possible.

“If not, you could find yourself in court and landed with a hefty fine.”

If you would like to report any concerns about bins or rubbish please call 0113 222 4406 or report it at

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577