Monday, 2 December 2013

Straying from the rules lands dog owners in court

Two south Leeds pet owners have been left in no doubt about the rules which mean dogs can’t roam free on the city’s streets.

Gareth Ford of Sussex Green, Hunslet and Tracy Littlewood of Winrose Crescent, Belle Isle were called before magistrates last month. Both had contravened dog control orders.

Ford was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £30 and a £20 victim surcharge. Littlewood was also fined £100 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge plus £179.97 in costs.

In both cases, residents had reported seeing stray dogs to the council.

In July 2013, a dog warden went to investigate the claim and found the dog walking down the middle of the road in the Hunslet area.

The dog led the officer to the property on Sussex Green where Ford admitted the dog was his.

Ford accepted a fixed penalty notice which he failed to pay and so was prosecuted.

It also didn’t take the dog warden long to spot the alleged stray in Belle Isle in August 2013. The dog was seen on its own, sniffing round the pavement and grass verge.

The dog was followed back to the property on Winrose Crescent. Littlewood advised the warden that the dog belonged to her and she accepted the fixed penalty notice for contravening Leeds’ dog control orders. Littlewood also failed to pay the penalty.

All dogs are required to be on a lead when on paths, pavements or verges next to roads under the order. As well as safety issues, the orders aim to ensure owners pick up after their pets.

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

“The rules are very clear and are in place to keep people, their pets and road users safe.

“When the rules are broken we will issue the relevant penalty. These penalties can be paid to avoid prosecution but we won’t hesitate to use our full powers to make sure people get the message that it’s not acceptable to allow their dog to roam free by the road.”

Dog control orders which make it an offence for a dog to be off its lead by the roadside came into effect in 2011.
It is also an offence to allow dogs into some play parks, cemeteries and sports courts. A number of play parks and sports courts were added to the list of exclusion zones earlier this month.

A full list of exclusion zones and information on dog control orders can be found at

Failure to comply with dog control orders carries a maximum £1,000 fine.

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


Festive recycling services all wrapped up

With Christmas around the corner, the council is gearing up to help residents have a green festive season.

Waste and recycling collections have been re-arranged to accommodate the upcoming public holidays. Some residents will have their bins collected a day earlier than normal while others will be picked up a day later.

All residents will be receiving a calendar or letter confirming their festive bin collection days which can also be checked at

Brown bin collections have now stopped and will resume in March 2014.

To help residents recycle extra waste created by gift wrapping, packaging and festive entertaining, the city’s eight recycling centres will be open from 8am to 4pm throughout December. The sites are only closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

People can also donate or recycle unwanted gifts or items they are replacing at the sites. Each one has a re-use container where goods will be donated to local Leeds-based charities.

Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at local recycling sites and centres. The tops and caps can be left on bottles and jars when recycling them.

Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at recycling centres. The trees are composted.

A key part of festive planning is to reduce waste in the first place. You can save money and help cut harmful emissions by making the most of your festive food. For plenty of hints, tips, advice and recipes check out

Even although it’s the midst of winter, you can still compost. Cardboard and paper hats from Christmas crackers make a great compost ingredient as do many other festive leftovers.

The council offers cut-price compost bins if you’re making a New Year’s resolution to recycle more. More information on the offer and how to compost is available at

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

“With the sparkle and fun of the festive holiday period, many of us don’t give waste and recycling a second thought.

“But at a time of year when we can create more waste than normal, it’s even more important that we make the most of the available recycling services.”

Information on the full range of recycling services, bin collections and recycling centres can be found at

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


Six new piglets the stars of the show at Home Farm

Caption: Six new little piglets have arrived at Home Farm.

A popular farm in Leeds has welcomed six little piglets to its numbers.

Pippa the Tamworth sow gave birth to the cross-bred piglets at Home Farm on November 9 which is located at Temple Newsam House, and the new additions have quickly found their feet and are now strong enough to wobble about in their pen, which is located in the stable.

With the festive season just around the corner, the arrival of the piglets has already proved to be a very popular early Christmas present for staff and visitors to Home Farm, which boasting over 400 sheep, pigs, poultry and goats, along with an interesting mixture of recreated workshops and exhibitions, is a great place for the all the family to enjoy.

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

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome these lovely six new piglets to Home Farm, which already have built up a very big fan club with both staff and visitors alike!

"Exploring and finding out more about a real working farm is really interesting, and with over 400 animals on show along with exhibitions and recreated workshops, Home Farm really is a fantastic place for all the family to visit."

Notes to editors:

Home Farm offers the opportunity to explore life on a real working farm and meet some extraordinary characters. Over 400 sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and goats are at Temple Newsam, and there is also the chance to enjoy traditional crafts or take part in demonstrations such as butter making and blacksmithing!

Explore the cobbled yards to discover an interesting mixture of recreated workshops, exhibitions and rare breed livestock, all in the original buildings, including the historical Great Barn.

Home Farm is open 10am until 4pm (winter hours) Tuesday to Sunday inclusive. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Garden waste lands woman in a mess

Complaints about waste piling up in a garden has resulted in a Leeds resident being fined.

Council officers had to step in when fed-up local people reported waste that had been lying around for weeks.

Nicola Wright, of Langbar Close, didn’t appear before magistrates in the city last month, but she was ordered to pay £100, a £20 victim surcharge and £293.87 in costs.

Local residents reported accumulations of waste at the Langbar Close property in May 2013.

Despite advice and warning letters Wright failed to take any action. Council environmental action officers then issued a legal notice requiring Wright to move the heap of rubbish.

Instead of moving the rubbish as required, additional garden waste was added to the pile.

Although Wright had been given over a month to take appropriate action, the waste remained.

Officers issued a fixed penalty notice for non-compliance and the penalty was never paid.

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

“People generally take a pride in their garden and local community. Instances like this, with a build-up of waste can bring an area down and end up being the cause of other environmental issues like littering.

“People have a responsibility to store and deal with rubbish from their home appropriately and we have a duty to ensure this is the case, particularly when it is causing other residents concern.”

Environmental action officers patrol priority areas where litter is an issue to ensure that uncontained rubbish isn’t causing additional problems. Officers are happy to offer a friendly word of advice and can hand out legal notices to ensure action is taken. Fixed penalty notices can be issued if people don’t comply and can result in prosecution.

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