Fines for dirty front gardens

Householders who keep gardens such as this will soon be liable for a fine up to �2,500 ' but not everyone is convinced the penalties will work.

Householders who keep gardens such as this will soon be liable for a fine up to �2,500 ' but not everyone is convinced the penalties will work.

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A CRACKDOWN on dumping rubbish which blights neighbourhoods has been launched.

New anti social behaviour measures will see residents who leave large items of rubbish in their front gardens issued a fine.

The penalty applies to anyone leaving household items and piles of waste including pizza boxes and cans outside their homes.

Anyone who ignores the Community Protection Notice faces a maximum fine of £2,500 and an appearance in court.

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said: “I know many people become frustrated when neighbours fail to remove large items of rubbish from their front gardens.

“This measure may persuade those neighbours who show no respect for their community to clear up their gardens for the sake of those around them.”

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But this new approach to clamp down on lazy residents has been questioned by a neighbourhood watch chief.

Norman Irish, from Poulton, said: “It’s all right coming on heavy handed, but do people have such large amounts of money to pay for offences?

“I’m a bit sceptical about it because changing something for the sake of changing it isn’t going to work.

“And I’m not sure whether a fine is the answer because it isn’t going to act as a deterrent to the others who don’t pay it.”

The move to change anti social behaviour measures comes as the Government said the current measures “were not working”.

But Mr Irish says he disagrees and more time was needed to let other laws take effect.

He added: “Asbos were around for a while and took time to become established, but I think they were working and now they are being scrapped.

“Dumping rubbish only started when authorities started charging for their removal service that used to be free. It’s a problem but there’s no easy answer and not everyone has a vehicle to take items to a tip.”

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