Ashfield District Council have successfully prosecuted the owner of a dilapidated building in Ashfield for failing to improve the appearance of the building.
1a Albert Street, Hucknall, owned by Trent Properties Limited, was visited the Councils ASB and Nuisance Team in November 2017 following a number of complaints that the property was in a state of disrepair. The property was in a poor condition, with accumulations of waste, pigeon guano and pigeons nesting.
The Council contacted the owner requesting the completion of a schedule of works to bring the property and site up to standard within three months. The owners failed to comply with the Council’s request and as a result were issued with a Community Protection Warning and then a Community Protection Notice. These formal notices were not complied with and as a result they were issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100, which they failed to pay.
Following a later visit, Council officers concluded that many of the requirements had still not been complied with. The case was heard in Court, and in their absence, Trent Properties Limited were found guilty, imposing a penalty and fining them £2000 with a victim surcharge of £170. They were ordered to pay the Council’s prosecution costs of £484.40, and must carry out the work on the property within 28 days.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council says “The Council have a number of dilapidated buildings on our caseload, and although some of these owners chose not to engage, we will find them to ensure that these buildings don’t remain a blight on our communities. This prosecution is a brilliant result for Hucknall residents and shows that we take disrepair seriously and are committed to cracking down on these rogue property owners. We want them to know that we are coming for them.”