Oldham Council tackles waste and unlicensed landlords
Oldham Council has recently prosecuted several people for flouting the law and treating the borough as a dumping ground – leaving others to tidy up after them.
The following all appeared at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on January 25.
Charlene Brennan, 31 of Saxon Street, Oldham left waste in the alley behind her home which council enforcement officers found on September 21, 2016. She was fined £220 with costs of £300 with a £30 victim surcharge.
Officers also found waste in the same alleyway on September 22, 2016 and traced it to Gheorge Sorica, of Saxon Street, Oldham. He was fined the same amounts as his neighbour.
Maria Fogre, 32 of Hollins Road was given a fine of £220 plus £479.52 costs and a £30 victim surcharge after leaving waste behind her property.
Another before the bench for the same offence was Stefan Florin Oros, of Ethel Street. On September 23 last year enforcement officers were able to gather evidence from dumped waste and he was fined £220 with £479.52 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Anna Ondova, of Horsedge Street was also handed an £80 fine with £250 costs and a £30 victim surcharge for leaving waste in an alley which was found by enforcement officers on September 28 last year.
Two landlords were also found guilty in their absence for ignoring Oldham Council’s Selective Licencing scheme - which aims to improve neighbourhoods and the private rented sector - despite receiving repeated reminders.
Mohammed Talukder, of Antrim Road, Belfast failed to apply for a licence for a property on Horsedge Street and was fined £1,000 with £750 costs and a £100 victim surcharge
Rafique Uddin, of Hill Top Drive, Royton was fined £1,000 with £750 costs and a £100 victim surcharge for failing to apply for a licence for a property on Horsedge Street.
Three residents were also fined a total of £1,180 in fines, cots and victim surcharges for dropping cigarette butts in Oldham town centre. The trio had failed to pay £80 fixed penalty notices (FPNs)
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “Nearly every day we see articles or photographs in the local media of waste that has been dumped or left for someone else to clear up.
“This is a national issue, not just a local one, and there seems to be a number of myths doing the rounds about it that need to be challenged.
“It’s easy to blame the dumping of waste on changes to the frequency of bin collections, but that’s simply isn’t true – as these prosecutions show the waste was dumped before the introduction of the new bin arrangements last October.
"Unfortunately fly tipping and the dumping of waste is an age old problem. We are doing our bit to tackle the issue but irresponsible people aren’t cleaning up after themselves and are continuing to dump household items, such as mattresses.
“It’s not the council which is dumping the waste, it’s your neighbour or someone coming from outside leaving the blight in your area or on your street. We are the ones clearing it up and in doing so it costs almost £1m a year – money which could be better used on other services for residents.
“We need residents to work with us on this. If you see anyone dumping waste report it to us and we will investigate and prosecute if we find evidence.
“We’d like to see people who fly tip and dump waste given stiffer penalties but that is down to the courts, not us.
“With regard to landlords, our advice is simple – if you are in one of the eight selective licensing areas you need to get in touch with us and get a licence. By working together we can improve our neighbourhoods.”
To contact the landlord licensing team email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 770 2244.
You can report fly tipping or the dumping of waste via the online form on http://www.oldham.gov.uk/ or by calling 0161 770 2244.