Rubbish left in Leeds street leads to £750 fine

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A Leeds landlord is counting the cost of letting his workmen illegally dump furniture and waste in the street.

Manjeet Rhoud Singh, of Moorland Drive, was fined £750 after builders he employed to carry out work on his rental property in Nowell Avenue dumped a sofa, a bath and other household waste outside the home in March 2012.

Singh told council environmental enforcement officers that he had taken on the contractors to fix up the house but had not made arrangements to ensure any waste from the job was dealt with properly.

Despite being served a legal notice to provide details of the workmen, Singh claimed he was unable to do so and was prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act.

Leeds City Council picked up the pile of rubbish to ensure the pavement on Nowell Avenue in Harehills was kept safe and free of obstructions.

Coun Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said: “The outcome in court should serve as another reminder that while we’re happy to work with people to clean up communities, we will prosecute when responsibilities are blatantly ignored.”

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