Leeds couple fined over garden rubbish

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The first community protection notice to be issued in Leeds has landed a couple in court.

Eugen Onody and Vlasta Kalokova appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court after environmental action officers were called due to complaints of furniture being left in the garden of their Harehills Lane home as far back as October 2014.

Leeds City Council said Onody and Kalokova were given advice on removing the furniture, but the waste remained and the pile of rubbish grew.

With no action being taken, the community protection notice was issued. This requires people to dispose of the waste appropriately within 28 days.

The garden still had not been cleared in January 2015, so officers issued Onody and Kalokova with a £100 fixed penalty notice. The penalty went unpaid so Onody and Kalokova were called to appear before magistrates last week.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental protection and community safety, said: “Although rubbish might be stored in your garden, you can’t underestimate the impact this may be having on your neighbours and community.

“We much prefer to help people to maintain a sense of pride in their own neighbourhood but we will always seek to prosecute in those cases where other efforts have failed.”

Both were found guilty with Kalokova fined £270 plus £120.50 costs. Onody was fined £200 plus £113.50 costs.