Two home owners prosecuted for failing to comply with Community Protection Notices
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Enforcement Team has prosecuted two home owners for failing to comply with Community Protection Notices instructing them to tidy their overgrown properties and gardens.
A complaint was made to the Enforcement Team regarding the condition of land in Stretton, Burton upon Trent. Officers inspected and found the land to be significantly overgrown with weeds and brambles which were not in keeping with the local amenity and surrounding properties.
The owner of the property, Mr Brian Adkin, failed to comply with a Community Protection Notice and was prosecuted on the 10th April 2017. Mr Adkin did not attend the North Staffordshire Justice Centre or respond to the summons and the case was heard in his absence.
The magistrates found Mr Adkin had failed to comply with two Community Protection Notices and was fined £500 for each offence. Mr Adkin was also fined costs of £683.17 and a victim surcharge of £50 equating to a total of £1,733.17 to be paid within 28 days.
The Enforcement Team also received a complaint regarding untidy and overgrown land in Yoxall. Officers found an excessively overgrown hedge and front and rear gardens that appeared to have been unmaintained for a number of years.
The property owner, Mr John Binsley, failed to comply with a Community Protection Notice and was also prosecuted on the 10th April 2017.
The magistrates found Mr Binsley had failed to comply with two Community Protection Notices and was fined £500 for each offence. Mr Binsley was also ordered to pay costs of £736.09 and a victim surcharge of £50 equating to a total of £1,786.09 to be paid within 28 days.