Landlords in Swindon are being urged to take steps to prevent tenants from dumping rubbish as part of a council clean-up operation.

Residents in the Broadgreen area have expressed concerns over the amount of discarded waste in the region, with short-term renters believed to be among the main culprits, the Swindon Advertiser reports.

Swindon Council is therefore encouraging landlords to put up notices informing tenants how to handle rubbish and warning of an £80 fine for those who fail to clean up their act.

Karen Leakey, chairwoman of the Broad Street Area Community Council, said: "We get beds and mattresses dumped in alleyways.

"Many people who are only renting here for six months or so don't buy into recycling [and] it is hard to engage with them."

The clean-up comes after cabinet members last month voted to transfer ownership of more than 10,000 council properties across Swindon to a housing association.

Councillors claimed this was the best way to ensure tenants retain a high quality of housing, with the authority no longer able to fund necessary regeneration and improvements.

Written by Mark GarnerADNFCR-2002-ID-19278118-ADNFCR

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