After successful prosecutions at Leeds Magistrates Court, several residents in Headingley and Hyde Park are facing fines and costs totalling £8984.97 for breaching the Inner North West Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) related to waste.

These prosecutions form part of Leeds City Council’s recent efforts to address the actions of irresponsible homeowners who negatively impact their neighbourhoods through littering, fly-tipping, and disruptive bin practices.

Environmental enforcement officers took action against 16 residents under the PSPO, which covers Headingley and Hyde Park, granting them enhanced powers to prosecute repeat offenders.

This follows an additional 19 successful court prosecutions in 2023 in the inner northwest area, resulting in £5,276.59 in fines and court costs.

The PSPO was initially implemented in Headingley and Hyde Park in 2020 and was renewed in 2023 due to community concerns about some residents leaving bins permanently outside, leading to overflow, litter, and obstructions, attracting vermin, and encouraging fly-tipping.

The PSPO mandates that homeowners can only present their domestic waste bin from 6 pm on the night before the scheduled collection, returning it inside the property boundary by no later than 9 pm on the collection day.

The council adopts a common-sense and proportionate approach to PSPO enforcement, striving to collaborate with homeowners to address issues before resorting to enforcement. All households had received multiple warnings before receiving a fixed penalty notice, which they opted not to pay, leading to their court appearances.

Since the introduction of the order, there has been a notable improvement in the cleanliness and presentation of the covered streets, with reduced reports of fly-tipped waste and vermin activity.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space, said: “Headingley and Hyde Park have historically suffered from fly tipping, waste in gardens and domestic waste issues and residents of the area have been clear to us that they are fed up with this anti-social behaviour that blights their neighbourhood.

“Thankfully due to the proactive work of environmental enforcement officers and the positive impact of the local Public Space Protection Order, we are seeing positive changes on the streets of Headingley and Hyde Park which are now a lot cleaner and there has also been a reduction in fly-tipping.”