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Melton Borough tenants prosecuted for not clearing their garden.

Published Wednesday, 12th February 2020

Two residents have been found guilty of failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice which required them to remove unsightly waste from their garden.

Pauline Hutchinson and Garrie Rawson were both found guilty in Leicester Magistrates Court on 14th January 2020 for failing to comply with the Community Protection Notices which required them to clear their garden of waste on Greaves Avenue, Old Dalby.

garden waste

Cllr Alan Pearson, the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities stated: “When using a combination of advice, support and enforcement, most residents respond to resolve the problem.  In this instance, despite the considerable support offered by the Council, we have had to use our enforcement and subsequently legal powers to support the local community affected by this anti-social-behaviour. Melton Borough is a great place to live and we want to keep the Borough a clean and tidy area for the residents. This successful prosecution should send a clear message that the Council takes its responsibility seriously and will take action against those who are causing trouble in the community”.

A Community Protection Notice was issued to each of them on 14th March 2019 as a result of a complaint the Council received.  The Council’s Environmental Enforcement and Tenancy Officers had been trying to engage with the couple for a number of weeks offering support, guidance and extra time to comply.  However they both chose to ignore the advice and support, leaving the Council with no other option but instruct the Legal Team to prosecute as well as incurring significant clean up costs.

They both failed to attend Leicestershire Magistrates Court which resulted in them each receiving a fine. Both received fines totalling £1,146.00; Pauline Hutchinson was fined £220, a victim surcharge of £30 & court costs £85. Garrie Rawson was fined £660, a victim surcharge £85 & court costs £66.