Pair fined for failure to clear rubbish

Published September 18, 2017 at 16:04

Two residents have been prosecuted and fined for failure to remove rubbish that was attracting rats and other pests.

Michael Anthony Kershaw, 33 and Nicola Kershaw, 43, of Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth were found guilty at Burnley Magistrates Court in their absence and were ordered to pay over £1,000.

The pair were each fined £250 with £250 costs and a £30 Victim Surcharge.

They were convicted of failing to adhere to a Section 4 Notice issued by Rossendale Borough Council under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, by not clearing waste from the land behind their property on Burnley Road.

It included bed bases, a mattress, carpet and other waste.

It was removed by the Council and prosecution proceedings begun.

Yasmin Ahmed, legal officer, prosecuting for the Council placed emphasis on the Kershaw’s failure to comply and acknowledge the legal notice in accordance with the Prevention of Damage of Pests Act 1949.

Cllr Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operational Services said:

A lot of time and resources go into matters like these because a small minority of people think that the rules do not apply to them and keeping the borough clean is not their responsibility. I would like to remind those people that it is up to everyone to make sure Rossendale remains an attractive place to live, work and visit . If residents are aware of any problems with waste we encourage them to report the matter at 01706 217777 Opt 3.

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