A York woman has been ordered to pay £630 for repeatedly fly-tipping, despite receiving waste disposal advice from City of York Council.
York Magistrates heard on Tuesday (3 December 2019) that Sharn Ogden (aged 27 of Martins Court, York) was seen disposing of a table and chairs in the car park of Martins Court on 29 July 2019.
City of York Council enforcement officers made multiple attempts to contact Ms Ogden, which she failed to respond to. On 13 August 2019, Ms Ogden admitted to leaving the waste and said she would take the items to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre. However when officers returned to Martins Court on 13 October 2019, the items had not been removed.
Since 2016, Ms Ogden has received several home visits from enforcement officers regarding waste issues in the area, six letters advising her how to present her waste correctly and two fly-tipping warnings.
Ms Ogden continued to present her waste unlawfully, has been charged for the removal of items and had now been prosecuted.
She attended court and pleaded guilty to one offence of fly-tipping. She was fined £312 by York Magistrates (3 December 2019) and ordered to pay costs of £286 and a surcharge of £32.
Tom Brittain Assistant Director for Housing and Community Safety at City of York Council, said: “We offer plentiful advice to residents on how to dispose of waste lawfully and safely and, as this and other cases show, we will take action when people fly-tip.
“It is important that rubbish is put out for collection as directed by the council. If you are unsure of your collection days, you can check at www.york.gov.uk/RefuseLookupor by calling us on 01904 551550.
Its not just the transport systems that have been under pressure in York this weekend.
People have been pointing to issues with street cleansing in the City centre. Can’t be easy for Council staff and the BID team to keep on top of the problems with such high volumes of pedestrians around (not to mention the security zones).
Even in suburban areas we’ve been finding examples of full bins and badly littered streets. All have been reported for Council attention.
We understand that responsibility for implementing the new graffiti removal process has been reassigned within the York Council.
Those reporting incidents “on line” CLICK receive an immediate reference number which makes any necessary follow up easier.
The jury is still out on the effectiveness of the Council new graffiti policy although the responsible executive member does not seem to have taken any action to highlight concerns to the police, while the Council still no longer routinely takes action to apply anti graffiti coatings at vulnerable locations.
Contractors were out today removing nettle growth from the side of the Foxwood Lane footpath.
The nettles had been a nuisance during the late summer period although not, this year, as bad as in some previous years.
Mechanical treatment – often by local farmers – is usually
an efficient and economical way of controlling weeds and cutting back hedges.
Meanwhile a Freedom of Information request has revealed that
this year weed control contractors have only been paid part of the £37,020.89
value of the contract. The response says that £18,498.70 has so far been paid during the
The response does reveal the amounts paid to specialist weed control contractors over the last 9 years.
2019/20 – A. Morrison’s & Sons £37,020.89.
2018/19 – Munroe’s – £31,189
2017/18 – Munroe’s – £31,189
2016/17 – Munroe’s – £31,189
2015/16 – Munroe’s – £27,192
2014/15 – Dobsons – £68,538
2013/14 – Dobsons – £66,867
2012/13 – Nomix Enviro – £69,792
2011/12 – Nomix Enviro – £79,036
Interestingly the York Council, in the Spring, accepted a tender the value of which was only half that submitted in 2011.
It was later discovered that the list of streets to be treated was incomplete.
There have been chronic problems with weed control during the
summer and, as we reported a few days ago, many streets still require attention.
We hope that the various charities which have clothes and shoe banks at various locations around the City will check that they are not full. The Christmas period tends to be a busy one for recycling. It is frustrating for residents who try to do the right thing and give the clothes to a good cause.
NB. The Council are making their final green bin emptying collections in most areas this week. Green bin emptying will start again in April
The tree that was damaging railings and the footpath on Balfour Street has finally been felled. The Council have also removed accumulated leaf fall. The path is now much safer.
The opened up area to the rear has revealed locations where at least two additional trees could be planted.
The work followed complaints to executive Councillors. The self seeded tree had been reported 2 years ago. It caused considerable damage to the railings and footpath in the interim. It is likely to be some time before the tree stump rots away and allows permanent remedial work to be undertaken on the railings and footpath.
The York Council has had a good week in providing public services. 100% refuse collection success today with the only significant missed collections, earlier in the week, down to “blocked accesses”. Their web page detailing service standards achieved can be accessed byclicking here
Elsewhere the fallen leaves that we reported on Bellhouse Way have been cleared from the paths