Waste in gardens is an eyesore and no more acceptable than someone fly-tipping on the street. Residents need to act in a socially responsible manner and take pride in their neighbourhood. Overgrown hedges, rusting cars, rotting mattresses and piles of rubbish make the whole street look like a tip and residents have told us they want action taken against this form of anti-social behaviour. You can report untidy gardens or land to us online, please click on the button at the top of this page. We will engage with residents with eyesore gardens first. If we are unable to reach a resolution with the landowner we may issue them with a warning letter that will require them to clear and tidy their garden within a specific period of time. Failure to comply with the letter will result in the council issuing a Community Protection Notice under the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Failure to comply with the notice may result in a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) being issued to the owner/occupier of the land. Failure to pay the FPN will result in prosecution and owners can face fines of up to £2,500. The council will charge for all reasonable costs incurred to those properties where enforcement action is taken.