Northampton Labour believes that a persistent and excessive untidy environment attracts litter, fly tipping and overgrown plants.
It is important therefore that Northampton Partnership Homes, as a major landlord, enforces tenancy agreements that gardens and landscaping are kept tidy.
At the full Council on Monday, Labour will be putting forward such a motion calling for enforcement with safeguards. It recognises that whilst most people in the town do keep their gardens clean and tidy it a minority that do not.
Cllr Julie Davenport, Shadow Environment Spokesperson, said:
“I recognise that some people, like the disabled and elderly, cannot keep their gardens tidy and need external support to do so.
It is also important to recognise the majority of residents do keep their gardens clean and tidy and it is the minority that do not. It is ordinary residents that have contacted me about these few persistent untidy gardens and say it is having a negative impact on their street and neighbourhood. They become an eyesore.
We would like to Northampton Partnership Homes and other landlords in the town to properly enforce clauses in tenancy agreements that gardens must be kept reasonably tidy and clean.
The problem is that persistently untidy environments attracts litter, fly tipping and discourages pride in the neighbourhood. I believe if we can enforce tidy gardens ultimately this will encourage others to keep the neighbourhood clean.”