9 October 2018
North Lincolnshire Council has secured a prosecution against a Scunthorpe resident for letting dog poo and household waste pile up in her garden.
Whilst on a routine foot patrol in the Crosby area of Scunthorpe in January 2018, an Environmental Health Officer noticed more than 30 black bags of rubbish and more than 50 piles of dog faeces in the garden of Ms Danielle Cox on Burke Street, Scunthorpe.
The officer left a calling card asking Ms Cox to clear the rubbish and the dog mess. However, on 29 January, the waste was all still in Ms Cox’s garden and the officer considered the state of the garden a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act.
Danielle Cox was served with two abatement notices ordering her to remove the household waste and poo, which she did.
However, in March 2018, our officers again found in excess of 30 piles of dog faeces in Ms Cox’s garden and then a further 14 piles in April.
At Grimsby Magistrates Court on 17 August 2018, Danielle Cox was found guilty in her absence of breaching her abatement notice. She was fined £100 for each of the two offences, £195.33 investigation costs, £200 costs and a £30 victim surcharge – a fine totalling £625.33.
Cllr Ralph Ogg, the council’s cabinet member for Safer, Greener and Cleaner Places, said:
“Letting rotting waste and faeces pile up in your garden will not only look and smell disgusting, but it could pose a real risk to yours and your neighbours’ health.
“The council wrote to Ms Cox on a number of occasions to ask her to clear the waste and tell her she was breaching her abatement notice, but she refused to engage with us so we had to take her to court.
“We all want to live in a clean and safe environment and it’s unacceptable to let waste build up in your garden like this.”If you’re worried about a build-up of waste that you think might be an environmental health hazard, get in touch with the team on email@example.com.