Tipped over the edge

The scene at the back of 20 Lytham Road where Lucretia Byatt, 45, was found guilty of dumping nine tonnes of rubbish and failing to clear it when an abatement notice was issued by Blackpool Council.
The scene at the back of 20 Lytham Road where Lucretia Byatt, 45, was found guilty of dumping nine tonnes of rubbish and failing to clear it when an abatement notice was issued by Blackpool Council.

THIS is the “foul” mountain of rubbish which landed a mother-of-three in court after neighbours complained the waste was attracting vermin to their street.

Almost nine tons of waste, some of it 6ft high, was dumped at the back of Lucretia Byatt’s home on Lytham Road, South Shore.

Lucretia Byatt who ignored Blackpool Council's enforcement orders to clean up almost nine tonnes of rubbish at the back of her home on Lytham Road.

Lucretia Byatt who ignored Blackpool Council's enforcement orders to clean up almost nine tonnes of rubbish at the back of her home on Lytham Road.

The 45-year-old has now been ordered to pay a £1,580 cleaning bill to Blackpool Council after it was forced to send in a contractor to clear the mess when she ignored enforcement notices to remove the rubbish herself.

Despite admitting failing to comply with an abatement notice when she appeared before Blackpool Magistrates Court, Byatt today laid the blame with other people, who she claims filled the skips she had organised to take away the mess.

Byatt moved into the former New Embassy Hotel in July to find a substantial amount of work needed doing in her new home and began clearing it into a small alleyway.

She said: “I’ve had a lot of people throwing rubbish over my wall and other hotels were dumping it as well.

Lucretia Byatt who ignored Blackpool Council's enforcement orders to clean up almost nine tonnes of rubbish at the back of her home on Lytham Road.

Lucretia Byatt who ignored Blackpool Council's enforcement orders to clean up almost nine tonnes of rubbish at the back of her home on Lytham Road.

“There was a lot of rubbish when I moved in then people started dumping it in my skips.

“I was getting skips to clear the rubbish away but someone else kept filling them up.

“My skips were out most of the day and others were throwing rubbish in there every time my back was turned.”

Blackpool Magistrates Court heard neighbours blamed her for attracting rats to the street but she still ignored council pleas to remove the mattresses, smashed-up furniture and household waste herself.

Lee Petrak, prosecuting for Blackpool Council, said the authority first received complaints about the build up of rubbish at the rear of Byatt’s home in October last year.

She did not comply with a notice giving her seven days to clear it.

She was given more time but then said the person she had hired to do the job failed to turn up.

Mr Petrak said the council lost patience when neighbours complained about rats in their basement.

In early December council workers entered the premises to do the job themselves - but only after Byatt initially refused to allow them on her property.

John McLaren, defending, said his client had bought the house knowing there was work needed to be done on it.

He said: ”She maintains the rubbish was not all hers and other people would dump their rubbish there because there was no back gate. The gate had been removed by scaffolders working next door.

“She says she did hire a person to remove it all but he was waiting for the right permit to be granted to him.”

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “This is the first instance we’ve come across of an owner refusing entry to remove refuse following the serving of an Abatement Notice.

“Following complaints from neighbours, we served an Abatement Notice on the owner of the property to remove the large amount of waste that had built up in the rear yard.

“There was nine tonnes of rubbish which was foul-smelling, over six feet high in places and attracting vermin.

“Despite the abatement notice, the owner of the property failed to remove the waste and later refused to allow our contractor to access the property to clean up the mess. This meant we had to obtain a warrant to enter the property.”

As well as having to pay the council’s bill of £1,580 for the rubbish removal, Byatt was given a one year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 court costs.

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