Leeds woman fined for ignoring garden waste mountain


A Leeds woman has been fined for allowing waste to accumulate in her garden.

Paige Blackman, of Farndale View, Swarcliffe, pleaded guilty when she appeared before Leeds magistrates on April 5 and was fined £200, given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Blackman ended up in court as she ignored advice and requests from council environmental action officers to clear accumulations of waste and litter building up in her garden.

The team intervened following complaints and, having issued the necessary warning letters, they issued a community protection notice to compel Blackman to take appropriate action and clear up the waste.

As the notice was also ignored, Blackman was issued with a £100 penalty notice. The penalty notice remained unpaid so Blackman was prosecuted.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental protection and community safety, said: “Community protection orders are another tool our environmental action officers can use to help clean up and protect our communities.

“You might not think that storing waste in your garden is an issue, but you can’t underestimate the impact this will have on your neighbours.”