A man from south Leeds has been fined thousands of pounds for allowing rubbish to rot in his yard.
Brian Parkinson, Tilsbury Parade, Holbeck, was found guilty for non compliance with Section 92 of the Environmental Protection Act having left household waste and carpet to fester outside his home for months.
He was fined £2,500 – the maximum amount for this offence – at Leeds Magistrates Court and ordered to pay costs of £469.34 and a £15 victim surcharge.
Council enforcement officers asked Parkinson to remove the mound of refuse after receiving complaints in March 2012. Following the usual council procedures, Parkinson was offered advice on how to get rid of the waste properly.
Parkinson was subsequently warned when he failed to listen to this advice and in April was issued with a legal notice to ensure the yard was cleared within 28 days.
Ignoring this legal warning and lack of action to clean up led to prosecution.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:
“We all have a responsibility to ensure we deal with our rubbish appropriately and there are many services on offer from the council and others to help people do so.
“If you need help to deal with your waste please ask for assistance. Our experienced staff are happy to offer their advice and expertise to make sure rubbish is reused or recycled where possible.
“If not, you could find yourself in court and landed with a hefty fine.”
If you would like to report any concerns about bins or rubbish please call 0113 222 4406 or report it at www.leeds.gov.uk.
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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577