£2500 fine for Enderby landowner

Dumping on Land of Beggars LaneA fine and Remedial Order has been issued by Leicester Magistrates’ Court following the failure to comply with a Blaby District Council Community Protection Notice.

Aaron Smith of Bagworth Road, Barlestone was served with the notice by the Planning Enforcement team in May 2016 requiring him to clear his land off Beggars Lane, Enderby, after the Council received complaints about its condition.

A Community Protection Notice is intended to impose a requirement upon a person or a body to stop doing specific things, or a positive requirement to do specific things, in order to reduce or remove the detrimental effects of their conduct

After failure to carry out the clearance, prosecution was sought for non-compliance with the notice.

The land contains scattered rubble and several abandoned heavy goods vehicles; one of which has been burned out, spray painted and highly visible to passers-by.

At the Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 23 November, Mr Smith was found guilty and fined £1000, with a £100 victim surcharge.

The Council’s costs of £1388.32 were also awarded in his absence after Mr Smith failed to attend court.

This is the first Community Protection Notice Blaby District Council has prosecuted for non-compliance.

The court judgement also included granting the Council a Remedial Order, compelling the defendant to carry out the work required in the original Community Protection Notice.

Land contained scattered rubble and several highly visible abandoned heavy goods vehicles
[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

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