Prosecutions highlight need to tackle waste

Recent prosecutions have highlighted resident’s responsibilities for dealing with waste and the council’s continued no nonsense approach to flytipping.

A landlord with a property in Garforth and a resident from south Leeds found themselves before magistrates last week.

Neil McVey of Malt Kiln Lane, Appleton Roebuck, York left a sofa outside his rental property in April 2013. The council stepped in to remove it following a complaint.

McVey received a one year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs £806.16 plus a £15 victim surcharge.

In May 2013, the council received a complaint that rubbish, old carpet, bedding and food waste had been left to rot in the front garden of a house on Sissons Lane, Middleton.

Council officers gave the occupier, Anne-Marie Keenoy, advice and contacts to have the rubbish removed. Her failure to do so resulted in Keenoy being served a legal notice requiring her to move the waste within 28 days.

This notice wasn’t complied with either so a £100 fixed penalty noticed was issued. As this wasn’t paid, Keenoy was fined £200 by magistrates and she must now also pay costs of £964.50 and a £25 victim surcharge.

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

“As well as our own services, there are a range of organisations in Leeds that are only too willing to help people re-use what they no longer want or need. We actively encourage people to make use of these services so we can stop things wasting in landfill or being dumped illegally.

“Our staff are happy to give their advice and support to ensure people understand their responsibilities and at what point we will step in to enforce. These cases clearly demonstrate that we won’t let Leeds become a dumping ground.”

Information on re-use and waste services can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/unwanteditems.

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

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