Portmead woman put bags out early - one hour after warning
A WOMAN who has been fined a total of £400 for putting her black bin bags out early — an hour after letters were hand delivered to every household in her street telling them not to do so.
Shan Mair Williams, aged 25, was one of the residents of Paviland Place in Portmead to receive the reminder from Swansea Council about persistent littering.
At Swansea Magistrates this week prosecutor Sarah Thyer said: "A letter was sent to residents as a result of continuing problems with black waste bags being put on grass banking outside the flats on an almost daily basis and not on the correction collection days.
"Within an hour of the letter being delivered a complaint was made that a black bag was seen outside."
The following morning council officers went to the flats and photographed the bag and when they went through the rubbish inside, found information linking it with Williams.
She was called to the local housing office and she admitted dumping the bag.
A fixed penalty notice was issued and instructions on how she should pay but she did not respond.
A reminder letter — with 10 extra days leeway — was sent.
Ms Thyer said the council spends more than £3 million a year on preventing littering and dog fouling and they would take legal action as a last resort.
Throwing down or leaving litter is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Williams, who did not appear at Swansea Magistrates' Court for the hearing, was ordered to pay a total of £402.
That was made up of a £150 fine, £232 in council costs and a £20 victim surcharge.