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Resident to pay over £370 for refusing to clear up waste at property

A Harworth and Bircotes homeowner has been ordered to pay £374 by Mansfield Magistrates Court after refusing to remove waste dumped at the front of his property.

Mattresses, soft furnishings, plastics, clothing, material, and food waste were seen outside 11 Milne Drive when a Bassetlaw District Council Environmental Health Officer visited on 1 September 2023.

After being asked to remove the waste, which was an eyesore to the local community and raised concerns that it would attract vermin, Andrew Richardson failed to adhere to a Community Protection Warning and then a Community Protection Notice (CPN) issued on 12 September that required the waste to be removed within seven days.

The waste was not removed within this timeframe and at an interview under caution on 2 October 2023 Richardson admitted to having breached the CPN.

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At Mansfield Magistrates Court on 4 January 2024 Richardson pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice: an offence under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

He was ordered to pay a £300 contribution to the council’s legal and investigation costs, a fine of £53 and a victim surcharge of £21.

Cllr Darrell Pulk, Cabinet Member for Environment and Energy, at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “The waste left at Mr Richardson’s property could have led to a more serious environmental health problem and he was asked, a number of times, to remove the waste without any further action or penalty.”

“This successful prosecution serves as a reminder to residents to make sure that they engage with the requests of our officers and dispose of their waste in a timely and responsible manner. If not, they risk being the subject of court action.”

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