23 Nov 2023

Council continues wheelie bin crackdown in support of local communities


Following successful prosecutions in Leeds Magistrates Court, several residents in Headingley and Hyde Park have been hit with £8984.97 in fines and costs for waste related breaches of the Inner North West Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

The prosecutions are part of Leeds City Council’s latest clampdown on irresponsible householders, blighting their neighbourhoods with litter, fly tipping and nuisance caused by their bad bin habits.

Environmental enforcement officers acted against 16 residents under the PSPO, in place across Headingley and Hyde Park, which gives them increased powers to prosecute persistent offenders.

This builds on a further 19 successful court prosecutions so far in 2023 across the inner north west area, amounting to a further £5,276.59 of fines and court costs.

A PSPO was introduced across Headingley and Hyde Park in 2020 and was renewed in 2023 following concerns raised by the community about the large number of bins being permanently left out by some residents, often overflowing and causing litter and obstructions, attracting vermin and encouraging fly tipping.

The PSPO stipulates that householders must only present their domestic waste bin from 6pm on the night before scheduled collection and be returned inside the property boundary by no later than 9pm on the collection day.

The council applies common sense and proportionality in enforcing the PSPO and aims to work with householders to rectify issues prior to enforcement. All households had received multiple warnings prior to the receipt of a fixed penalty notice, which they chose not to pay resulting in their appearance in court.

Since the introduction of the order, there has been a significant improvement in the cleanliness and presentation of the streets included and reduced reports of fly tipped waste and of verminous activity.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council's executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space, said: “Headingley and Hyde Park have historically suffered from fly tipping, waste in gardens and domestic waste issues and residents of the area have been clear to us that they are fed up with this anti-social behaviour that blights their neighbourhood.

“Thankfully due to the proactive work of environmental enforcement officers and the positive impact of the local Public Space Protection Order, we are seeing positive changes on the streets of Headingley and Hyde Park which are now a lot cleaner and there has also been a reduction in fly tipping.”


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