Leeds City Council v Spencer: CA 6 May 1999

The defendant appealed against an order refusing to set aside an enforcement notice served by the council for his failure to destroy rats and mice on his land.
Held: A local authority had a statutory duty to collect waste, and could not therefore serve a notice, requiring a landowner to clear his land of rubbish, and to remove rats and mice which had gathered. That duty was its own, and could not be moved onto others.


Times 24-May-1999, [1999] EWCA Civ 1351


Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, Environmental Protection Act 1990


England and Wales

Local Government, Animals, Environment

Updated: 11 May 2022; Ref: scu.146266