Published Wednesday 10 June 2015 at 10:28
Complaints over abandoned household waste have led to £427 worth of fines for the home owner.
Louise Keating, of Heys Lane, Blackburn, abandoned rubbish sacks of waste and household items in her rear yard and failed to move them despite warnings from Public Protection.
The investigating officer found large quantities of loose and bagged household waste in the yard and deemed the conditions to be a statutory nuisance. A letter was sent to the owner instructing her to remove the waste and dispose of in a correct manner.
The property was empty at the time of the investigation. A further visit was carried out and the officer found the conditions to be the same. A legal notice requiring the defendant to remove the waste was served but the waste was still not removed.
The Council removed the waste and the cost to clean the yard was £177. The defendant was invited to attend interview under caution; she failed to attend and as a result legal proceedings were started.
Councillor Jim Smith, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said:
The vast majority of residents dispose of their rubbish hygienically and correctly but a minority are selfish and inconsiderate and these people will be named and shamed.
The council will always take decisive action against residents who deliberately cause a nuisance by making our borough an untidy place to live.”