Council takes action on eyesore garden

A south Leeds man found himself on the naughty list earlier this month after failing to heed warnings to clear his eyesore garden.

David Ross was using his property at 174 Wide Lane, Morley as an unofficial dumping ground with bags of wood, plastic barrels, building waste, rotting food and bike parts piled high.

Ignoring advice and warnings from the council to clear the garden culminated in an appearance before magistrates on 5 December when Ross was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £412.53 and £15 victim surcharge.

Concerned neighbours complained about the blot the garden had become in the local community and the unpleasant smell coming from the heap of waste.

Council enforcement officers were on hand to lend Ross their experience and expertise so he could dispose of the rubbish properly.

Ross disregarded this advice so was served a legal notice giving him 28 days to clean up his garden.

Despite the threat of court proceedings if he ignored the litter clearing notice, Ross failed to remove the rubbish. His lack of action led to prosecution.

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

“We’re always willing to work with residents so issues like this don’t become a real nuisance. We won’t stand for anyone ignoring their responsibilities despite our intervention. We will use all the tools at our disposal to ensure communities don’t suffer from the actions of inconsiderate individuals.”

Leeds City Council has now cleared the garden and will be recovering clean up costs from Ross.

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