A takeaway boss has been left bemused after he was fined more than £1,000 for leaving rubbish outside his shop.
Nzar Ali, manager of Marmaris on Queen Street, said it was a “misunderstanding” and “there is no reason to pay anything”.
Marmaris was fined £1,150 after a complaint that bags of trade waste were regularly being left outside the shop.
A council spokesman said Marmaris was advised “on more than one occasion” that rubbish should be disposed of in a bin stored behind the shop and warned that if it didn’t, action would be taken.
The spokesman said the shop was given 21 days’ notice to put their waste in a bin after ”continuing to ignore the advice”.
The firm, Mamaris Kebab House Ltd, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay the council £100 towards its costs, along with a £50 victim surcharge, at a hearing at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on January 12. The defendant did not attend.
Mr Ali said: “I don’t know what it is they want from me. We’ve been told four or five times we can use council bags. I have a council bin too.
“Until last summer, we put council bags with waste outside our shop many times and they collected them.
“They never said I couldn’t. Then we had a nice summer and lots of birds (attacking the bags) and the rubbish went onto the pavement.
“Other people put bags outside our shop too.
“But we work there, we don’t live there.
“I missed the appointment but I will go to court to find out what (the fine) is for.”