Householders in Leicester face bin penalties

A Leicestershire council is beginning a crackdown on residents who fail to take their wheelie bins in after the rubbish has been collected.

About 4,000 households in the Westcotes ward area of Leicester will be sent letters explaining the risk of arson attacks and obstructing pavements.

The campaign by Leicester City Council will start on Monday.

The authority warned residents they faced a £110 fixed penalty fine if they failed to comply.

Bins 'unsightly'

The fire service said it was concerned about bins obstructing pavements and the possible risk of arson.

Councillor Sarah Russell, Leicester City Council's cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: "Bins left out on streets are unsightly and cause obstructions as well as being an arson risk, so we are explaining to people the importance of ensuring they are taken off the streets when not in use.

"If people are having problems with their household waste, the city wardens will work with them to help them make suitable arrangements for collection.

"However where residents continually ignore our advice and help we can, and will, take enforcement action."

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