Residents face fines for untidy gardens

Residents face fines for untidy gardens

Residents face fines for untidy gardens

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BLAENAU Gwent council is set to introduce a £150 fine for people who fail to keep their land tidy – including in their own front gardens.

From Monday, June 16, residents can be fined for failing to comply with litter clearance notices handed out by the authority.

A report was presented to members of the council’s executive committee yesterday seeking approval to set fines for non-compliance with litter clearance notices in Blaenau Gwent.

Blaenau Gwent council receives approximately 500 complaints per year in relation to litter, refuse and waste on public and private land.

Under Section 92A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the council can serve a litter clearance notice on the occupier or owner of any land to remove litter or refuse that is considered “detrimental to the amenity of the area”.

If they have not cleared the land within 28 days of the notice, they can be fined.

But until now the council has rarely used this legislation to deal with litter and refuse problems. From June 16 the authority will not only issue the notices, but if the owner or occupier fails to clean their land up it will issue a fine of £150.

The decision to start implementing the rules and increasing the fines comes after the council recently appointed Price Waterhouse Coopers to review services including public protection enforcement relating to litter and refuse. Under the Environmental Protection Act this can include the front gardens of private houses.

Failure to pay the fixed penalty notice can result in prosecution, although people who are served a notice can appeal to a magistrates court within 21 days to have the notice overturned.

Members of the executive unanimously approved the proposal.

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12:09pm Thu 5 Jun 14

JanJenkins says...

What councils can perceive as untidy really has got nothing to do with them. If its my land I will tell them to go to hell. Look after your own land.
What councils can perceive as untidy really has got nothing to do with them. If its my land I will tell them to go to hell. Look after your own land. JanJenkins
  • Score: -14

12:40pm Thu 5 Jun 14

DDDog1 says...

Why can't they do this in Newport
Why can't they do this in Newport DDDog1
  • Score: 26

12:53pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Sid Bonkers says...

DDDog1 wrote:
Why can't they do this in Newport
Yes, could make a mint and reduce the council tax for the tidy types. Rushing out with the lawnmower right now!
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: Why can't they do this in Newport[/p][/quote]Yes, could make a mint and reduce the council tax for the tidy types. Rushing out with the lawnmower right now! Sid Bonkers
  • Score: 22

1:04pm Thu 5 Jun 14

MikeO4O8 says...

oh wow, ANOTHER money making idea by yours truly ''the council''

Under Section 92A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the council can serve a litter clearance notice on the occupier or owner of any land to remove litter or refuse that is considered “detrimental to the amenity of the area”.

wonder if the tip yard sites will get fined?? they are just dumping the on some sort of land (or under land).

i would LIKE TO know what the council considers ''UNTIDY'' their will be many loopholes in this, so many people can get around the fines.

and what would they consider tidy?? i know what i would consider tidy and untidy, but its not me that will decide what is acceptable or not, i would not be surprised if they try and serve fines for people not decorating their garden with flowers, or their grass is to high.
oh wow, ANOTHER money making idea by yours truly ''the council'' Under Section 92A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the council can serve a litter clearance notice on the occupier or owner of any land to remove litter or refuse that is considered “detrimental to the amenity of the area”. wonder if the tip yard sites will get fined?? they are just dumping the on some sort of land (or under land). i would LIKE TO know what the council considers ''UNTIDY'' their will be many loopholes in this, so many people can get around the fines. and what would they consider tidy?? i know what i would consider tidy and untidy, but its not me that will decide what is acceptable or not, i would not be surprised if they try and serve fines for people not decorating their garden with flowers, or their grass is to high. MikeO4O8
  • Score: -12

1:58pm Thu 5 Jun 14

DDDog1 says...

DDDog1 wrote:
Why can't they do this in Newport
Whoever is giving me a minus wants to live next door to someone who never cleans up after their dog,the stench is unbelievable .
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: Why can't they do this in Newport[/p][/quote]Whoever is giving me a minus wants to live next door to someone who never cleans up after their dog,the stench is unbelievable . DDDog1
  • Score: 36

3:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Newport Dave says...

Excellent. Living near undesirables is bad enough, but when they make the area look like a tip, rather than do a bit of tidying, it makes the whole neighbourhood even more unpleasant. I wish we could have the same approach down here.
Excellent. Living near undesirables is bad enough, but when they make the area look like a tip, rather than do a bit of tidying, it makes the whole neighbourhood even more unpleasant. I wish we could have the same approach down here. Newport Dave
  • Score: 37

3:44pm Thu 5 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

I wonder, would a front garden filled with recycling bins and bags of varying colours and sizes, filled with items that the binmen refuse to collect due to being "contaminated" by one or two items placed in the wrong bin be classed as "untidy" and warrant a fine?

Or perhaps they could follow the "wastesavers" truck around and fine residents for all the rubbish that is blown across their gardens after being left strewn outside their houses?
I wonder, would a front garden filled with recycling bins and bags of varying colours and sizes, filled with items that the binmen refuse to collect due to being "contaminated" by one or two items placed in the wrong bin be classed as "untidy" and warrant a fine? Or perhaps they could follow the "wastesavers" truck around and fine residents for all the rubbish that is blown across their gardens after being left strewn outside their houses? -trigg-
  • Score: 20

6:24pm Thu 5 Jun 14

manager111 says...

This is the reason why most Council tenants sit in their front garden, drinking and having parties, in the nice weather, they can not get into their rear gardens because that is where they dump their rubbish.
This is the reason why most Council tenants sit in their front garden, drinking and having parties, in the nice weather, they can not get into their rear gardens because that is where they dump their rubbish. manager111
  • Score: 3

9:07pm Thu 5 Jun 14

golfer says...

See bgcc got their priorities in order
See bgcc got their priorities in order golfer
  • Score: 8

10:10pm Thu 5 Jun 14

peckylecky says...

I have pictures of a neighbours garden from 2007 where 2 seperate huge rotting piles of household waste have lain undisturbed for almost a decade. Newport city homes are oblivious to them . The front garden is filled with old fridges and tables and the garden is like a scene from get me out of here. Newport city homes dont seem to care. My neighbours are unemployed but never seem to have the time to tidy up or even put the bins out. I just put up a huge fence and hang my head. in sad resignation. Fines WHAT A LAUGH.
I have pictures of a neighbours garden from 2007 where 2 seperate huge rotting piles of household waste have lain undisturbed for almost a decade. Newport city homes are oblivious to them . The front garden is filled with old fridges and tables and the garden is like a scene from get me out of here. Newport city homes dont seem to care. My neighbours are unemployed but never seem to have the time to tidy up or even put the bins out. I just put up a huge fence and hang my head. in sad resignation. Fines WHAT A LAUGH. peckylecky
  • Score: 17

7:06am Fri 6 Jun 14

charlie, newport says...

peckylecky wrote:
I have pictures of a neighbours garden from 2007 where 2 seperate huge rotting piles of household waste have lain undisturbed for almost a decade. Newport city homes are oblivious to them . The front garden is filled with old fridges and tables and the garden is like a scene from get me out of here. Newport city homes dont seem to care. My neighbours are unemployed but never seem to have the time to tidy up or even put the bins out. I just put up a huge fence and hang my head. in sad resignation. Fines WHAT A LAUGH.
Peckkylecky have you reported this to Newport City Homes and the Council? Worth doing (again?)
[quote][p][bold]peckylecky[/bold] wrote: I have pictures of a neighbours garden from 2007 where 2 seperate huge rotting piles of household waste have lain undisturbed for almost a decade. Newport city homes are oblivious to them . The front garden is filled with old fridges and tables and the garden is like a scene from get me out of here. Newport city homes dont seem to care. My neighbours are unemployed but never seem to have the time to tidy up or even put the bins out. I just put up a huge fence and hang my head. in sad resignation. Fines WHAT A LAUGH.[/p][/quote]Peckkylecky have you reported this to Newport City Homes and the Council? Worth doing (again?) charlie, newport
  • Score: 12

11:04am Fri 6 Jun 14

manager111 says...

charlie, newport wrote:
peckylecky wrote:
I have pictures of a neighbours garden from 2007 where 2 seperate huge rotting piles of household waste have lain undisturbed for almost a decade. Newport city homes are oblivious to them . The front garden is filled with old fridges and tables and the garden is like a scene from get me out of here. Newport city homes dont seem to care. My neighbours are unemployed but never seem to have the time to tidy up or even put the bins out. I just put up a huge fence and hang my head. in sad resignation. Fines WHAT A LAUGH.
Peckkylecky have you reported this to Newport City Homes and the Council? Worth doing (again?)
Newport City Homes do not give a toss, they know the houses where drug dealing is going on, they know the houses that have frequent visits from the police, although according to their tenancy agreements you can be evicted for drug dealing, so are they really going to worry about rubbish in the gardens, when they do nothing about the rubbish living in the homes. NO!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]charlie, newport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peckylecky[/bold] wrote: I have pictures of a neighbours garden from 2007 where 2 seperate huge rotting piles of household waste have lain undisturbed for almost a decade. Newport city homes are oblivious to them . The front garden is filled with old fridges and tables and the garden is like a scene from get me out of here. Newport city homes dont seem to care. My neighbours are unemployed but never seem to have the time to tidy up or even put the bins out. I just put up a huge fence and hang my head. in sad resignation. Fines WHAT A LAUGH.[/p][/quote]Peckkylecky have you reported this to Newport City Homes and the Council? Worth doing (again?)[/p][/quote]Newport City Homes do not give a toss, they know the houses where drug dealing is going on, they know the houses that have frequent visits from the police, although according to their tenancy agreements you can be evicted for drug dealing, so are they really going to worry about rubbish in the gardens, when they do nothing about the rubbish living in the homes. NO!!!!! manager111
  • Score: 12

11:22am Fri 6 Jun 14

Magor says...

Good idea,lazy slobs.
Good idea,lazy slobs. Magor
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Fri 6 Jun 14

NeilGo says...

Suggest that "if' you see rats (as a result of the rubbish), try reporting it to environmental health for them to take action.
Suggest that "if' you see rats (as a result of the rubbish), try reporting it to environmental health for them to take action. NeilGo
  • Score: 7

9:29am Sat 7 Jun 14

topdog99 says...

Cwmbran community council run a well appreciated garden help service that gives a helping hand to those that find it hard to keep their grass and hedges tidy, (its not a rubbish clearance service) its mainly for the elderly and disabled.
I had my garden done through this service and I must say the guys who did the job are unsung heroes of the community.
its more of this we need instead of wasting money on things like twinning activities and subsidised councillor trips to Germany.
Cwmbran community council run a well appreciated garden help service that gives a helping hand to those that find it hard to keep their grass and hedges tidy, (its not a rubbish clearance service) its mainly for the elderly and disabled. I had my garden done through this service and I must say the guys who did the job are unsung heroes of the community. its more of this we need instead of wasting money on things like twinning activities and subsidised councillor trips to Germany. topdog99
  • Score: 33

11:30am Sat 7 Jun 14

topdog99 says...

manager111 wrote:
This is the reason why most Council tenants sit in their front garden, drinking and having parties, in the nice weather, they can not get into their rear gardens because that is where they dump their rubbish.
I’m so inspired by my fellow D-Day heroes that I think I will get out of my council house front garden and go out the back, put the old beer tankard aside and put my old Royal Navy uniform on, and go and mow the Lawns, hope that the sword doesn't get in the way.
[quote][p][bold]manager111[/bold] wrote: This is the reason why most Council tenants sit in their front garden, drinking and having parties, in the nice weather, they can not get into their rear gardens because that is where they dump their rubbish.[/p][/quote]I’m so inspired by my fellow D-Day heroes that I think I will get out of my council house front garden and go out the back, put the old beer tankard aside and put my old Royal Navy uniform on, and go and mow the Lawns, hope that the sword doesn't get in the way. topdog99
  • Score: 20

8:56pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Mervyn James says...

When is Newport council going to tidy up the streets of Newport itself ? Some side roads are so bad there is little pavement left it is all overgrown and plants/weeds sprouting out of the tarmac as well. Newport CC has abandoned its obligation to keep pavements clear. We'd end up being fined for not looking like an ad for chelsea flower show, but the judges unable to negotiate the streets to look. What about flat dwellers who dump stuff outside other people's doors and then leave it... or why not fine those parents parking near schools who use our side streets as a dumping ground too ? The crap some of the throw out the car windows and over my wall, suggests their kids are pigs and with no civic pride whatever The same kids no doubt who get awards for being eco-friendly !!! I just want their home addresses so I can empty my bins over their wall, fairs fair...
When is Newport council going to tidy up the streets of Newport itself ? Some side roads are so bad there is little pavement left it is all overgrown and plants/weeds sprouting out of the tarmac as well. Newport CC has abandoned its obligation to keep pavements clear. We'd end up being fined for not looking like an ad for chelsea flower show, but the judges unable to negotiate the streets to look. What about flat dwellers who dump stuff outside other people's doors and then leave it... or why not fine those parents parking near schools who use our side streets as a dumping ground too ? The crap some of the throw out the car windows and over my wall, suggests their kids are pigs and with no civic pride whatever The same kids no doubt who get awards for being eco-friendly !!! I just want their home addresses so I can empty my bins over their wall, fairs fair... Mervyn James
  • Score: 8

12:04am Sun 8 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

what the council dont take into consideration is the fact that they cannot enforce any body to pay anything ,except rent . etc .as for any goons ,oops i mean bailiffs they employ ,they have no powers what so ever
what the council dont take into consideration is the fact that they cannot enforce any body to pay anything ,except rent . etc .as for any goons ,oops i mean bailiffs they employ ,they have no powers what so ever jimmysmith
  • Score: 3

7:57am Sun 8 Jun 14

displayed says...

For some men, their home (an garden) is not a castle, its their "rite" to fill it with whatever makes them appy.

Thats rubbish of corse!
For some men, their home (an garden) is not a castle, its their "rite" to fill it with whatever makes them appy. Thats rubbish of corse! displayed
  • Score: -3

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