Residents could be fined £100 for leaving their bins out overnight under much-derided council plans.

Seething locals in seven Leicestershire streets have blasted the "jobsworth" authority for its proposal, which would make it a criminal offence to leave bins and recycling boxes out after 9pm.

They say the plan to bring in a Public Spaces Protection Order by the end of July does not take into account people working long hours and some say they will refuse to pay.

If approved the scheme would mean those failing to comply would be guilty of littering.

The council says the rule is needed to tackle vermin and obstructions
The council says the rule is needed to tackle vermin and obstructions

But North West Leicestershire District Council claims the rule is necessary to tackle pavement obstructions, vermin and the threat of bags being torn open and scattered across the streets by foxes, The Sun reports.

It says it has received regular complaints about particular areas of the industrial town of Coalville, where bins are cluttering the streets and causing a "nuisance".

Residents will now have two weeks to respond to a consultation on the proposal.

Simon Morris, 34, said: "How can it run properly when some people, like me, work 12-hour shifts, and others live alone or go away?

"It's a rubbish plan, and I won't be happy paying any fine."

Others said the plan is not practical or suitable for the elderly and said they would not pay up if fined.

Izabella Bac was among a minority backing the plans. She said: "Bins are left out on the streets blocking pushchairs, mobility scooters and cyclists. The people complaining about it are probably the ones leaving the bins out."

The council's community service boss Paul Sanders explained the changes were needed to tackle the negative impact the situation is having on residents' quality of life.

Public Spaces Protection Orders were brought in in 2014 to tackle anti-social behaviour.

To impose one a local authority needs the backing of the area's police chief.

Typically they are used to combat public drinking, groups congregating and dog fouling but they have a broad scope and can be applied to any behaviour deemed to be negatively impacting an area.