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Wheelie bin prosecution

Published Monday, 17 January 2011

Roger Bernard of Gammidge Court, Finedon, was not at court last week but Wellingborough Magistrates found him guilty of failing to comply with an official notice served by Wellingborough Council.

Following complaints about bins being left out persistently on the pavement the council served notices on occupiers of all the properties at Gammidge Court making them legally responsible for taking their bins in after collection. However Mr Barnard continued to leave his bins out on three separate occasions between March and June 2010. He was given a fixed penalty to avoid prosecution but failed to pay. At court he was fined £100 for each offence and ordered to pay £150 costs.

This is the second prosecution of a resident by Wellingborough Council for leaving their bins out on the pavement.  Councillor Malcolm Waters, chairman of the council's community committee said, "Complaints were received about bins left out in the street and we tried to resolve the matter amicably by visiting and writing to residents, but unfortunately several of them continued to ignore our requests. Once the official notices had been served the vast majority removed their bins. Whilst prosecution is always a last resort, this case demonstrates that we are prepared to take enforcement action against people who deliberately and persistently ignore our advice and warnings. Where residents have genuine problems with storage or presentation of their bins we shall always do everything we can to assist them."