Accumulations of waste
The Public Protection team has powers to deal with any accumulation or deposit arising on commercial property which is prejudicial to health or a nuisance (Environmental Protection Act 1990) or is, or is likely to, harbour or attract rodents (Prevention of Damage by Pest Act 1949).
Where the owner or occupier of the land is unwilling to cooperate with advice, and informal requests to remove the accumulation are ignored, the Public Protection team may take formal enforcement action and serve an Abatement Notice requiring them to remove it within a specified period of time.
If the legal notice is not complied with, the council can arrange for the work to be carried out in default. If this occurs, the person(s) responsible for the land would be then be charged for the cost of the work and they may also be prosecuted for their failure to comply with the legal notice.
If you would like further information or advice please contact us.