Court action over eyesore gardens

Eyesore garden
Eyesore garden

Three residents whose eyesore gardens were strewn with rubbish have faced court action in a bid to get them to clean up.

Two finally cleared up the mess, which included dumped furniture and building materials, at homes in Heanor and Kilburn. The third, from South Wingfield, was fined more than £1,200.

The latest action at Derby Magistrates, court came after the authority successfully prosecuted three other landowners over eyesore gardens at the end of last year. In the newest three cases, Steven Shaw, of Stainsby 
Avenue, Heanor, was charged with non-compliance with a notice requiring the removal of waste including furniture, building materials and window frames dumped in the garden of his property, after being found guilty in his absence and fined a total £1,170 in November, 2013. When he still failed to take action, he was again summonsed to appear at court last month. But just before the hearing the works were done and the action withdrawn.

Mick Hackett of Chapel Street, Kilburn, was found guilty of failing to comply with a 
notice requiring the proper maintenance of his garden, including removal of excessive amounts of building 
materials, plumbing fittings and pipes, and fined a total £1,060 in October 2013.

He was summonsed to 
appear at court last month 
after failing to take action.

At the hearing, Mr Hackett requested a further week, which the court agreed to, so he could complete the works, which were then done.

Steven Lodge, of Birches Lane, South Wingfield, was charged with non-compliance with a notice requiring the clearance of the front, side and rear gardens of overgrown vegetation, household waste and a rusting car.

In November 2013, he failed to appear at court and was found guilty in his 
absence and fined a total £1,060, including costs and a victim surcharge.

No works were done and, on February20 this year, he was taken to court for a second time by the council for non-compliance with the notice. Mr Lodge again failed to appear and was fined a further £1,280, including costs and victim surcharge.

Councillor Alan Cox, chairman of the borough council’s planning board, said: “These three cases demonstrate the council’s determination to ensure that, where a legal notice must be served to encourage property owners to maintain their land and buildings in the wider interests of the neighbourhood, the requirements of that notice are met. If this means returning to court a number of times, with the landowner incurring ever-increasing fines before the works are completed, the council will not shrink from taking such action.”