Visitors to Banbury town centre are being advised that Cherwell District Council has stepped in to address public concerns with the condition of Malthouse Walk.
Published: Tuesday, 15th February 2022
The council has taken formal enforcement action against the landowner and as of Tuesday 8 February 2022, they are in breach of a community protection notice.
This means that officers can now take further action, including fixed penalty notices, prosecution, and measures to recover costs for time spent cleaning the private walkway.
Councillor Dan Sames, Lead Member for Clean and Green, said: “The condition of Malthouse Walk has been a matter of real concern to shoppers, visitors and local businesses for some time.
“It is disappointing that matters have reached this stage. Our intention is still that the landowner puts in place an appropriate, regular street cleansing programme of their own.
“With the community protection notice now having been breached, the council has several enforcement options at its disposal.
“Given the number of complaints we’ve received, the risk to public health and the damage to the general appearance of the town centre, we feel that it is important to pursue further enforcement.”
At this time, it will be necessary for the council to refrain from cleaning the area so that the appropriate formal enforcement measures are legally sound. The council thanks the general public and local businesses for their patience during this time.