Prosecuted for having your bin knocked over

November 10, 2008 2:56 PM

This is rather ridiculous:


"Gary Rostron, 34, a care worker, claims the bin was knocked over after he left it out for collection in March.

Officials at Blackburn with Darwen Council disagreed. They issued him with a £60 fixed penalty notice for "incorrectly placing rubbish bags beside a collecting receptacle" and then took him to court when he refused to pay.


Local magistrates have now accepted that the householder was telling the truth and cleared him of breaching Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act."


In the end, Blackburn with Darwen Council's staff are supposed to work for Gary Rostron, and their other constituents. Instead, they pursue spurious cases against them. Whether it is quangos accountable to no one, or council staff who clearly aren't being properly controlled by councillors, too many public sector staff are a long way from the ideal of the public servant.

This is rather ridiculous:


"Gary Rostron, 34, a care worker, claims the bin was knocked over after he left it out for collection in March.

Officials at Blackburn with Darwen Council disagreed. They issued him with a £60 fixed penalty notice for "incorrectly placing rubbish bags beside a collecting receptacle" and then took him to court when he refused to pay.


Local magistrates have now accepted that the householder was telling the truth and cleared him of breaching Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act."


In the end, Blackburn with Darwen Council's staff are supposed to work for Gary Rostron, and their other constituents. Instead, they pursue spurious cases against them. Whether it is quangos accountable to no one, or council staff who clearly aren't being properly controlled by councillors, too many public sector staff are a long way from the ideal of the public servant.

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