Tenant fined under new law over litter

The rubbish in Cowpen Road in Blyth.
The rubbish in Cowpen Road in Blyth.
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A mountain of waste left outside a private property has led to the householder being fined using brand-new legislation.

Local Services and Public Protection staff tackled a six foot high pile of rotting rubbish in the back yard of a house in Cowpen Road in Blyth, after complaints to the council and the failure of the landlord to do the work himself.

Now the back yard has been transformed, the landlord billed for the work and a householder fined for breaching a notice aimed at stopping her dumping rubbish.

The landlord of the property lives in Berkshire and the property is currently up for sale. The house has been empty for around 18 months and during this time the back yard became piled six feet high with household waste, furniture and child’s toys dumped from a nearby property.

The householder was given a £75 fixed penalty notice by the council’s Environmental Enforcement Team for breaching a Community Protection Notice - the first time the council has used this new piece of legislation introduced earlier this year.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services said: “This back yard was an absolute disgrace and was both a health hazard and an eyesore for local residents.

“The landlord has shown a total lack of responsibility in tackling the problem and the council had no choice but to step in and clear the waste after concerns were raised to us by the community.

“Our teams have done a fantastic job in clearing the site and have also fined the householder for her role.”