Money-making scam or a way to reclaim Leeds streets? Your views on bin fines

Residents in Armley and Harehills could be fined for leaving their bins out in the street if proposed measures come into force.
Residents in Armley and Harehills could be fined for leaving their bins out in the street if proposed measures come into force.
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The idea of fining people who leave their bins out in the street has been met with a mixed reception from YEP readers.

As reported yesterday, Leeds City Council is asking residents for their views on plans to introduce Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in 18 locations.

Rules for the storage of household waste are being proposed in parts of Harehills and Armley.

Rules for the storage of household waste are being proposed in parts of Harehills and Armley.

Each is already subject to a Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) which bans people from drinking alcohol in the street or carrying alcohol in an open container.

But people living in Harehills and Armley could face a fine of up to £1,000 if they break proposed rules about leaving bins in the street outside set hours.

Writing on the YEP Facebook page, Steve Carter said: “Doesn’t take much effort and time to take your bin back in. But to fine people – that’s just another way for the council to make money.”

A number of others agreed, with Duncan Morris calling it a “money-making scam”.

Some were concerned about the practicalities, with James Deakin asking: “So if you live in a back to back house with no bin yard, where are you going to put your bin?”

Theresa Fahy welcomed the idea, saying: “I’m sick of bins being left out near me. It makes the neighbourhood look awful.”

Rita Thomas said her neighbours left their bins strewn all over the street, adding: “I can’t get past with the pushchair and have to go onto the road. Wheelchairs have to do the same.”

But Dave Burrows said: “The council need to put their own house in order first. Bin men regularly leave the bins blocking footpaths.”

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