Council bills homeowner after removing 15 tonnes of rotting rubbish
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
An Ealing homeowner has been left with a £15,000 bill after the council was forced to remove a vast heap of rotting rubbish and waste from his garden.
Mr Williamson was served with an untidy land notice after several requests to clear the rubbish were ignored.
Ealing Council took action after complaints were received about potential safety hazards and fire risks at the property in Kings Avenue, Greenford.
When the council finally stepped in to clear the garden, flammable gas bottles, broken lawnmowers and a dead animal were found amongst the 15 tonnes of waste.
Williamson will now be charged the £15,000 cost of removing the rubbish.
Pat Hayes, executive director of regeneration and housing, said: "The accumulation of tonnes of rubbish was not only unsightly but could potentially have put other residents at risk.
"The property owner was given plenty of time and several opportunities to clear all the waste but failed to do so. As a result, they will now have to pay £15,000 to cover the cost of the work undertaken by the council.
"I hope this is a reminder that the council has the legal powers to take action to deal with excessive hoarding of waste material when this starts to impact on the well-being of others."