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New drive is launched to clean up Leeds Road area of Bradford
A drive to clean-up one of the main routes into Bradford was continuing today.
Businesses in the Leeds Road area are being warned that they could face £50,000 fines for illegally disposing of waste, penalties of up to £100 for not keeping frontages clean and £300 for unsatisfactory storage and disposal.
In some parts refuse has spilled on to the streets, causing problems with vermin. Poorly-stored waste left to rot has also been producing unpleasant smells.
The officers spent yesterday[thu] patrolling the streets as part of Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour Together Week, a district-wide campaign to reduce low-level crime and nuisance.
Environmental enforcement officers and Council wardens were again today handing out leaflets and advising landlords and businesses on the importance of keeping their properties and surrounding areas clear of litter and waste.
They have also been given information on how to safely store and legally dispose of commercial waste.
Landlords are also being warned about their responsibility to ensure their tenants know when to put out bins and keep their properties clear of rubbish.
Officers will also advise landlords on how to dispose of bulky items.
Fines of £75 though fixed penalty are being issued to anyone caught dropping litter in the area.
Steve Hartley, assistant director, neighbourhoods, Bradford Council said: “We all have the right to live in a clean environment, free from unsightly rubbish.
“Poorly-stored commercial waste is not only highly unpleasant, it also presents some serious health risks.
“It is important business owners and landlords understand their responsibilities and act accordingly.At this stage we are advising property and business managers, however if they fail to comply, we will not hesitate in taking further action.”
Drug dealers, kerb crawlers, vandals, flytippers and irresponsible motorists are also among those targeted in a crack-down on anti-social behaviour across the Bradford district this week.
Councillor Imran Hussain, the deputy leader of Bradford Council, who is also the executive member for safer and stronger communities, has said: "Anti-social behaviour shows contempt for the right of people to live in a safe, clean environment and the public have made it clear that tackling it is a priority.
“That's why, despite reduced resources, the Council has continued to invest in financial support for local policing and for its own teams of wardens."