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Waste at property

Resident prosecuted for failing to clear waste

A Kirkby resident has been prosecuted for failing to clear waste from his garden.

Mark Robinson, of Park Road, Kirkby in Ashfield was given multiple warnings and was subsequently issued with a Community Protection Notice, following complaints from neighbours about rubbish dumping in his back garden.

Ignoring several warnings issued to him by Ashfield District Council, he was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Failing to the pay the Fixed Penalty Notice, and with the rubbish still remaining in his garden, the Council’s Community Safety Team took swift action and applied to take the case to Magistrates Court.

Robinson was summoned to Mansfield Magistrates court on 29th January 2021, which he failed to attend.  In his absence it was proved that Robinson failed to comply with the Community Protection Notice and was convicted for breaching his Community Protection Notice.

He was fined £220.00, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £32.00 and costs of £507.52. A total of £759.52.

Cllr Helen-Ann Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said:

"Mark Robinson ignored numerous warnings to clear the waste from his garden, and showed total disregard for his neighbours and the environment. A problem that was easy to fix has now resulted in a costly fine.
“This case should act as a warning to all those that think it is OK to dump waste in their gardens and get away with it. The Council in committed to dealing with anti-social behaviour and those that think they can get away with it.”