A company that allowed bins to overflow and failed to keep land in Hemel Hempstead waste-free has been fined more than £8,000.
Salmicass Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching a Community Protection Notice (CPN) between November 2022 and June 2023 at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, November 22.
The magistrates heard that at various points between May 2022 and June this year, public health officers from Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) attended the area in Roydon Court, Hemel Hempstead. There, they found the place scattered with litter and full of overflowing bins, creating a perfect environment for the breeding of pests and vermin.
A CPN and warning were given to the company, but no action was taken to resolve the problem. This resulted in a fixed penalty notice being issued, but whilst this was paid, the company again failed to fix the issue. DBC then decided to pursue the matter through the courts.
Salmicass Ltd was ordered to pay a total of £8,280.55, which consisted of a £3,609 fine, £3,227.55 in costs, and a victim surcharge of £1,440.
Councillor Robin Bromham, DBC’s portfolio holder for neighbourhood operations, said: “It’s a great shame that a minority do not take steps to keep areas free from refuse and vermin, nor dispose of waste properly. Our public health enforcement officers are doing a great job in detecting these offenders and working towards solutions.”