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Flats above shops told to clean up their act

Residents who live in flats above shops are being warned that could face an £80 fine if their waste and recycling bags are left out for collection at the wrong place and wrong times.

Most flats above shops receive two weekly collections. Bags left out at the wrong times make the streets look messy and can be viewed as fly tipped rubbish by other residents.

Residents who live in flats above shops have been receiving Section 46 Notices, legal notification outlining the householders’ responsibilities for placing their waste out on the correct day in the right location. The notice also clearly highlights the consequences of putting waste out at the wrong time and the fact that this leads to accumulation of waste by encouraging fly tipping.

Last month (August), the enforcement team in Chiswick issued Section 46 Notices to 24 flats above shops in Gunnersbury Lane at the junction of Princes Avenue following complaints from residents. The area is being closely monitored and any bags left out on the wrong day will be investigated and fixed penalty notices will be issued to those found responsible.

Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “The work in this area is already paying off and there has been a noticeable reduction in the number of bags out on incorrect days and a significant reduction in fly tipping on Princes Avenue.

“The issuing of Section 46 Notices is something we will be rolling out to all flats above shops in the borough. Once these have been delivered to residents there should be no doubt about when and where to leave bags out – and no excuses if residents are fined.”

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