Make worst waste offenders live on a landfill site!

Coun. Brian Parker hopes to tackle a problem of mounting waste in Nelson back yards. (S)
Coun. Brian Parker hopes to tackle a problem of mounting waste in Nelson back yards. (S)

A Nelson councillor has said the worst offenders who allow waste to pile high in their back yards should “only be allowed to live in a tent on a remote landfill site”.

Coun. Brian Parker, who represents Marsden ward, said Nelson has a significant problem with rubbish accumulation in some back yards and that there are a small number of tenants and landlords who don’t care what effect this has on neighbouring residents.

If I had my way the worst offenders would only be allowed to live in a tent on a remote landfill site

Coun. Brian Parker

In his 10 years as an elected representative, Coun. Parker says he asked Pendle Council to issues a “significant number” of Section 215 notices, legislation which the council can use to order homeowners to tidy up their back yard or face a hefty fine.

He says he hopes continued enforcement action will tackle the issue.

Coun. Parker said: “Most residents in this ward do their bit to keep the area clean, but we do have some persistent and repeat offenders.

“Some of the worst of which are on Leeds Road, so I recently asked Paul Lloyd the Housing Programmes Manager to join me on a site visit to these and another one on Townhouse Road.

“Hopefully working with the council’s solicitors and waste services department Paul can put a stop to this small area being a constant eyesore.

“Obviously this will take quite a while to complete because of the current cut backs, as we now have too few staff with too high a workload and we must also recognise that some property owners and tenants are very difficult to deal with.

“If I had my way the worst offenders would only be allowed to live in a tent on a remote landfill site.”