Landlord lands £571 rubbish bill

January 8, 2009

A MAN who refused to clear rubbish from his Coventry garden has been slapped with a hefty fine and court costs.

Landlord Shah Uzzaman, of Red Lane, was found guilty of failing to remove rubbish from a property at King Edward Road despite being served a notice by the city council.

When Uzzaman did not appear at Coventry Magistrates’ Court yesterday (January 7) magistrates fined him £250 and ordered he pay £321 costs.

The court heard Uzzaman dumped soft furnishings including a sofa, bed base and carpet rear of his property.

The council’s Environmental Crime Unit visited the garden on May 19 and - after judging it could attract rodents and be hazardous to health - served a notice under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act.

After receiving now word from Uzzaman the council removed the rubbish on July 15.

Councillor Hazel Noonan, cabinet member for City Services, said: "We always take cases of rubbish being dumped seriously, even if it is in someone's garden as it not only brings the area down, but can attract pests and be harmful to residents’ health.”

Over the last 12 months the Environmental Crime unit have carried out eight prosecutions – amounting to £4,543 in penalties.

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