This is the sight that met City of York Council officers investigating complaints about an anti-social neighbour.
In the front garden of Charlotte Allenby’s Millfield Road home they found unemptied bins overflowing with decomposing rubbish.
It was not only a mess but presented an environmental hazard including a risk of attracting vermin.
The council’s neighbourhood enforcement officers offered her advice, information and help. Next a warning was issued and then a Community Protection Notice (CPN).
That gave a deadline for clearing away the rubbish. It was breached, and a fixed penalty was ignored.
So for the first time the council successfully prosecuted a resident for failing to heed the CPN.
Officers used new powers under the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, to bring the prosecution. These are aimed at tackling unreasonable behaviour that has a persistent and detrimental effect on the quality of life of those nearby.
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At York Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (November 9), Allenby was found guilty in her absence, of failing to pay a fixed penalty notice for repeatedly not complying with notices to remove waste accumulating in her front garden.
The magistrate levied a £150 fine and Allenby was ordered to pay a court surcharge of £30 and prosecution costs of £550.50 – a total of £730.50.
Council leader Cllr David Carr said:
In this instance, despite considerable support offered, we have had to use the powers available to support the local community affected by this anti-social behaviour.