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Council crackdown on city centre abandoned waste problem

Swansea Council is continuing its efforts to tackle fly tipping and abandoned waste in a busy city centre street.

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The Council recently made a successful prosecution against a local St Helen's based business - Al Basha Pizza & Grill, after a member of staff was seen dumping waste in a lane off St Helen's Road.

Prior to the waste being dumped, the business owner had been issued with a Section 47 notice which requires all businesses to have proper waste collection arrangements in place.

The local food business owner, Mahdi Mahdi, admitted to disposing of commercial waste by leaving it in a lane at the rear of St Helen's Road and breaching the Section 47 notice served on him.

The breach of the notice has led to Mahdi Mahdi, being hit with a fine and costs of £465.

The action by the Council follows a series of complaints by local businesses in the area who want to see St Helen's Road cleaned up.

Jeff Lang, owner of St Helen's based tattoo parlour State of the Art, welcomed the prosecution. He said: "I'm glad to see action being taken by the Council to deal with the mess that's being left.

"I've witnessed people dumping their waste in a lane next to my business and it's good that these people are being prosecuted."

 David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, said: "Hopefully this case will send out a message to other businesses that dumping your waste in a lane is unacceptable.

"Many local businesses in St Helens as well as other parts of the city are doing the right thing and have an appropriate commercial waste collection.

"The St Helens Road area will remain a priority for the Council in enforcing against fly tipping which creates a significant nuisance to all, and a large burden on public funds. 

"We want businesses to support each other and have respect for the area in which they operate.

"Businesses can contact the council if they need advice about commercial waste disposal. There is no excuse for simply dumping it and creating an environmental problem for others."

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