Black bags full of rubbish at the property on Woodgate Road.
Waste accumulated at the property on Woodgate Road.

Occupiers and property owners urged to manage waste responsibly following environmental prosecution 

Hull City Council is urging occupiers and property owners to maintain the cleanliness of their land, after a prosecution that resulted in fines and costs totalling over £1k.  

This comes after two owners of a property in Hull were prosecuted by Hull City Council under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, for failing to deal with the condition of their land on Woodgate Road, which was causing a statutory nuisance. 

After a failure to respond to the legal notice served, action was taken by the Council’s environmental enforcement officers, in response to complaints from members of the public.  The case was then referred for prosecution. 

On hearing evidence, Hull Magistrates Court prosecuted both property owners, Carl Anthony and Clare Lawson, on Friday 5 January for failing to deal with the condition of their property, resulting in fines and costs totalling £578 per person, as well as obtaining criminal records.  

Councillor Julia Conner, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “As a council, we will always listen and respond to complaints from the public about environmental crimes.   

“Occupiers and property owners must take responsibility for any waste on their land as it can blight the neighbourhood, is unfair on other residents and the council will ensure there are consequences for failure to do so.”   

Hull City Council continues to recommend that residents dispose or recycle their household waste through approved services – including any of the recycling centres throughout the city, household collection schemes and bulky household collection service.  

For further information about the Household Waste and Recycling sites visit the Hull City Council website.

The Council also urges anyone using non-Council services to collect and remove waste, to check that the persons are authorised to do so.  

To check if a person is authorised to take waste, visit the Environment Agency, or call 03708 506 506. 

To report untidy land, call 01482 300 300. 

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