What a load of rubbish!
Refusal to remove the unsightly pile, which included more than 50 bags of waste, cost a South Yorkshire woman hundreds of pounds after she was taken to court.
Magistrates heard Rotherham Council had to move the bags – two vanloads – from the garden of Lindsey Steel’s house n Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, after she ignored an abatement notice ordering her to remove it herself.
Steel, aged 30, was found guilty in her absence of failing to comply with the notice and magistrates fined her £400.
She was also ordered to pay £440.91 costs, including the cost of the clear-up by the council, and a £15 surcharge.
Rotherham Magistrates’ Court heard Steel was served with the abatement notice last November following a complaint from a neighbour.
Rotherham Council’s Community Protection Unit investigated and discovered the accumulation of household rubbish in the back garden of Steel’s privately-rented house.
The notice gave her 14 days to remove the rubbish but the 50 black binbags remained and Rotherham Council decided to clear it and report the matter to the courts.
Coun Rose McNeely, council cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “As this case shows, we will take a very tough approach to those people who refuse to take our advice on matters such as untidy gardens.
“You cannot keep this amount of household rubbish in a garden – it is both unsightly and unhealthy, particularly for neighbouring properties – and the authority will take very robust enforcement action when necessary.”