Failure to clean bin yard results in prosecution

Ignoring requests to clean up this bin yard lands local residents in a right mess.

Tenants, landlords and homeowners are being reminded that bin yards are their responsibility after two occupiers were taken to court for failing to clear theirs up.

The bin yard, on Harlech Crescent, Beeston was overflowing with household waste, furniture, tyres and bricks. Despite repeated requests to clean up the bin yard, local residents failed to deal with the growing pile of rubbish.

A legal notice requiring Toni Mallarkey and Kevin Igoe to clear the yard of rubbish was ignored leading to prosecution.

Both Mallarkey and Igoe were given six month conditional discharges and ordered to pay £100 costs each last week.

It’s hoped that the prosecution will act as a reminder that bin yards are private land and it is up to tenants, landlords and homeowners whose properties are linked to them, to keep them tidy and litter free.

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

“People need to be clear that if their home is linked to a bin yard, this is private land and they are responsible for its upkeep.

“Some people use bin yards as a general dumping ground instead of dealing with their waste appropriately and then mistakenly believe the council will clear it up. We won’t.

“Unfortunately the misuse of bin yards has knock on consequences for residents and the council – people can’t store their waste, bins and rubbish end up on the streets and we have to clear it up.

“If your home adjoins a bin yard, please help us by making sure yours is used as it should be.”

The council has been working in the Beeston, Holbeck and Hunslet areas of the city to make sure tenants, landlords and owners know how to dispose of and store their waste properly. Efforts are being made to work with people to clear up bin yards, but enforcement action can and is being taken if responsibilities are ignored.

The council is aware that bin yards can be used for flytipping. Anyone concerned that their bin yard is being used for such illegal activity should report it on 0113 222 4406 with as much detail as possible (date, time, description of persons, make/colour/registration number of any vehicles used). The council will use any evidence to seek a prosecution and conviction.

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