Property owner is fined £4,000

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A property owner has been fined £4,000 after failing to clear up rubbish.

Cosa Properties was charged with two counts by South Ribble Magistrates after failing to clean up a large accumulation of rubbish in the back yard of a property at 12-14 Stanifield Lane, Farington, also known as Mega Save Local stores.

Large piles of bin bags, used nappies, plastic toys and general household waste was left to fester, causing a real threat of attracting vermin.

South Ribble Borough Council’s environmental health officers sent the owners a requisition of information notice asking to provide details of their ownership, or the details of any tenants residing at the property, but did not receive a response.

An enforcement notice was served on the company to clear the yard in 14 days, but yet again the company did not comply.

The council was forced to carry out the works itself and began the prosecution procedure.

South Ribble magistrates found Cosa Properties guilty of two counts: Failure to provide information under the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act and failure to comply with an enforcement notice served under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act.

On top of the £4,000 fine the company will have to pay the £253.26 cost of the clear-up, £100 legal costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

The hearing was held on January 27.

Councillor Peter Mullineaux, South Ribble Borough Council cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and street scene, said: “South Ribble is a great place to live, work, visit and play and we intend to keep it that way.

“If people fail to clean up after themselves then we will take action ourselves to ensure our environment is kept clean and safe, and when taxpayers are footing the bill for such work then we will make sure we use the full powers of the court to bring these people to justice and ensure they pay the price out of their own pockets.”