Hefty fine for home owner who refused to clear rubbish

Even more rubbish was dumped in the garden of a house in Great Horton after the owner was sent a letter telling him to clean it up, a court was told.

A Bradford Council Environmental Enforcement Officer visited 9 Cragg Lane in January this year after complaints from neighbours that the empty house had become an eyesore with piles of building rubble and discarded furniture in the garden.

After establishing that the owner of the house was Sirfraz Hussain, the officer served a warning letter giving him eight days to clear it up.

After the expiry of the warning period, the officer returned to the property only to find that more rubbish, in form of black bags, had been added to the pile.

As a consequence, Mr Hussain, of Maidstone Street, Laisterdyke, was served with a Community Protection Notice requiring him to remove all the rubbish from the garden.

Four days after that Notice expired, the officer visited again and found that yet more waste had been dumped.

When this had still not been removed by March, Council staff cleared the rubbish away at a cost of £167 which was subsequently invoiced to and paid by Mr Hussain.

Mr Hussain, 43, did not attend the hearing and Bradford magistrates found him guilty (Tuesday 3 September 2019) in his absence of failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice.

He was fined £660 with £820 costs and £66 Victim Surcharge.

Following the case, a spokesperson for Bradford Council said: “We will not sit back and allow people to blight their local environment in this way by leaving such an eyesore for their neighbours to have to endure for months.

“It is totally anti-social and unacceptable behaviour as well as being illegal.

“We would also advise anyone contacted by our enforcement team to co-operate fully – it’s in everybody’s interests and could save a lot of time and expense, not to mention avoiding a criminal record.

“We don’t want to take anyone to court; we simply want people to behave responsibly in the first place and consider their neighbours.”

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