Homeowners who fail to keep their windows clean or their gardens tidy could be handed criminal records under local council laws.
At last! An end to the blight. My local area has several of these eyesores, and the council seem either lethargic, or powerless.
Today’s report, by campaigning group the Manifesto Club, found that almost 4,000 CPNs have been handed out by 107 local authorities in the 12 months up to last October. Newham issued the most in the country with 1,486.
Theresa May introduced the laws in 2014 when she was Home Secretary (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)
The report warns that there is a “serious danger” of CPNs being used to “impose unreasonable restrictions upon law-abiding members of the public”.
It’s ‘unreasonable’ to expect property owners to have a responsibility to maintain their property? Surely even the most ardent libertarian couldn’t disagree that these wrecks attract rats and bring down property prices, thus affecting those around them…
Josie Appleton, director of the Manifesto Club, said: “CPNs come with almost no restrictions on their use: a local authority officer can fill in a form ordering you to do or not do something, and it is a crime to disobey.
“The officer only need to believe your conduct is having a ‘detrimental effect’ on the area, which is an incredible low burden of proof.
Except it isn’t. Like pornography, we all know it when we see it. And it’s really about time something was done about it.