Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Fine unleashed on irresponsible dog owner

A man from Leeds has been forced to sit up and take notice of rules designed to curb irresponsible dog owners.

Having breached a dog control order to keep dogs on leads, Christopher McCall of Springbank Road, Gildersome, has been prosecuted.

Leeds magistrates fined McCall £100 and ordered him to pay costs of £150 plus a £15 victim surcharge.

Having received complaints of a dog wandering the streets on its own in the Springbank area, a dog warden was dispatched to investigate.

On arrival, the dog in question was seen roaming freely. Having responded to previous complaints about the same dog, the warden approached McCall at his home.

McCall was issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice for ignoring the rules which state that dogs have to be kept on lead at all times on all carriageways and adjacent footpaths and grass verges in Leeds.

McCall failed to pay the fine despite being reminded so was prosecuted.

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

“Dog control orders are a legitimate way to ensure that people keep their dogs on leads at the side of the road – not only to keep them safe, but to keep road users safe too.

“An unattended dog might seem like a minor thing, but when a dog is left to its own devices owners aren’t going to be able to clean up after them if they foul.

“At a time when we are being inundated with complaints about dog fouling, we won’t ignore irresponsible behaviour like this.”

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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk


Landlord fined again on worst offending street in Leeds

A landlord has been prosecuted for the second time after putting tenant’s lives in danger from possible carbon monoxide poisoning after a boiler was moved and wrongly positioned.

Mr Craig Parkin, of 7 Cricketers Green, Yeadon, Leeds, pleaded guilty to 12 offences placed before the Leeds Magistrates Court on Friday 19 April and was fined a total of £5854.55.

The property came to the attention of Leeds City Council's selective licensing team when they noticed a broken window on the property. After numerous unsuccessful attempts by officers to gain access to inspect the property, they spoke to the tenant who allowed them access, following which a number of licence breaches were noted.

The most shocking was that a gas boiler had been dangerously relocated next to a large hole which was previously the old flue, which has simply been covered with cardboard. Further serious breaches were noted relating to fire and electrical safety which were unacceptable and a danger to the tenant.

The property is located on East Park Grove which has the highest number of prosecutions under the selective licence laws in the Cross Green and East End Park area of Leeds.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, housing and support services said:

“We have already prosecuted a number of landlords with properties on this road, and will continue to do so until standards are improved.

“Tenants safety is paramount, and it is not acceptable that whilst paying rent they are subject to poor living standards.

“This is another warning to landlords who do not respect the law that the council are willing to take action. To date we have had in excess of fifty prosecutions of landlords in the selective licence area for either not complying with licence requirements or failing to licence their properties.”

Notes to editors:

Mr Parkin was prosecuted by Leeds City Council in April 2011 on two charges of failing to licence two properties within the designated Selective Licensing Area.. He was found guilty on both counts and was fined £1500, with costs awarded to Leeds City Council of £2300.54.


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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Litter and dog fouling enforcement trial starts

Environmental patrol officers (left to right) Adam Carter, Lucy Harding and Tony Murphy begin work in Leeds.

Councillor Mark Dobson joins the new enforcement patrols at the start of the six month trial.

The pilot patrols in parts of west and north Leeds and the city centre will test if a firmer approach to littering and dog fouling results in cleaner streets.

A six month trial of new, litter and dog fouling enforcement trials started in Leeds yesterday (Monday 22 April).

The pilot environmental patrols will be taking place in the city centre and Otley, Adel, Bramhope, Cookridge, Holt Park, Horsforth, Guiseley, Rawdon, Pool in Wharfdale, Yeadon and also on Woodhouse Moor.

Anyone seen blatantly dropping litter or failing to pick up after their dog will be issued a £75 fixed penalty notice.

The tougher stance follows an increase in complaints about litter and dog fouling and will test if more visible patrols in dedicated areas will act as a deterrent.

The patrols are being run by specialist environmental firm 3gs and will operate alongside the council's existing environmental action officers.

It's hoped that the combined efforts of all patrols will change people's behaviour towards litter and dog fouling.

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Amanda Burns, senior communications officer, 0113 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk