Complaints about waste piling up in two Leeds gardens has resulted in two residents being fined this week.
Council officers had to step in when fed-up local people reported waste that had been accumulating in their gardens.
Charlotte Dolphin, of Royal Close, Hunslet, failed to appear before Leeds magistrates, but was found guilty in her absence and fined a total of £945. Dolphin failed to clear the build-up of waste in her garden, despite numerous complaints, as well as requests by environmental officers.
Masker Amin, of Otley Road, North West Leeds, was found guilty and given fines totalling £1,250. Amin ended up in court after he ignored repeated warnings and requests from council environment action officers to clear large amounts of dog mess from the property, of which he was the landlord. Although he wasn’t personally occupying the property at Burlington Road, Beeston, as the landlord he had a legal responsibility for his tenants.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for environment and sustainability, said: “Although people may not think that storing waste in their garden is a concern, it hugely impacts neighbourhoods and can act as a catalyst for other environmental issues, such as littering and fly-tipping.”