East Staffordshire Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a Burton man for failing to comply with a Notice ordering him to clean up his land.
Following complaints by local residents reporting accumulations of refuse and litter on the garden of Mr Andrea Gagliardi’s property, Enforcement Officers served a Litter Clearing Notice requiring the clean-up of the land. The Notice was ignored, causing the Council to clean up on two occasions. The land was heavily littered and had various items on it including soft furnishings.
Mr Gagliardi did not respond to the summons that was issued and the case was heard in Stafford Magistrates’ Court on the 10th September in his absence.
The Magistrates issued a fine of £400, awarded £666.35 costs; and £233.40 compensation to the Council for the cost of clearing litter and refuse from the land together with a victim surcharge of £40, totalling £1339.75.
Councillor Sonia Andjelkovic, Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services said: “East Staffordshire is a beautiful place to live and visit and we work hard to keep it that way. The majority of residents take pride in their homes and look after their gardens but some people do not. Whilst we strive to encourage everyone to keep their land tidy and free from rubbish there are some instances where we must exercise our legal powers to deal with untidy gardens.
“Not only do we have powers to deal with fly-tipping and littering in public open spaces we can also take action against private land owners who fail to maintain their land. This should send a clear message that accumulations of refuse in your garden is unacceptable and can result in a substantial fine and a criminal record”.
Anyone wanting further information or wanting to report an enviro-crime can contact the Enforcement Team on: 01283 508343.