People who use their front garden as a dumping ground in Hounslow are being warned to clean up their act or face a fine.
Hounslow council’s enforcement officers have started foot patrols across the borough to identify culprits who stash large items of rubbish such as mattresses at the front of their property.
Using powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act (2014), the team targeted their efforts in Bedfont, Feltham and Hanworth visiting dozens of homes and handed out 50 community protection warning (CPW) letters to the householder of the rubbish-ridden front garden or private land.
Items discovered so far include mattresses, old bed bases, broken furniture, tyres, building waste, fridges, cookers and washing machines.
The CPW letter requires the waste to be cleared away within 14 days or be issued with a community protection notice (CPN), a legal notice stating the task and time frame it is to be complete in (normally 21 days).
If the rubbish is cleared no further action is taken.
Failure to comply with a CPN will lead to a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £80 and/or prosecution at a magistrates’ court.
Residents who have received a visit so far have complied with the council’s request.
The team will respond to direct complaints by residents, as well as continue foot patrols across the borough and issue notices where appropriate.
Councillor Richard Foote, Hounslow council’s cabinet member for community protection, said: “We understand that sometimes people need to store some rubbish in their front gardens for a short time but to leave it there to fester for weeks on end is unacceptable.
“In the fight for tidier front gardens, fines are a last resort so save yourself the hassle of a visit from the enforcement team and clean up your act before we come knocking. We will continue to visit in homes in the borough until we eliminate these eyesores for good.”
To report an untidy front garden email email@example.com or call 020 8583 5555.