An Ashfield resident has been convicted for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice issued for failing to dispose of excess rubbish on their garden.
Rachel Mitchell, 35, of Percival Crescent, Sutton-in-Ashfield was first contacted by the Councils’ Anti-Social Behaviour Officers in October 2018 after reports about a large amount of waste on the rear garden of her home and the possible presence of rats. Having visited the property on a number of occasions and provided advice on how to properly dispose of the waste a Community Protection Notice was served when she failed to clear the waste. This formally required her to clear the garden and to stop accumulating and storing waste.
Mitchell initially cleared the waste but officers continued to see more waste appearing, black bags of household waste were piled up in the garden as well as evidence that waste was being burned.
Magistrates imposed a fine of £220, costs of £549.44 and victim surcharge £30 – a total of £749.44. They also made a remedial order for Mitchell to clear the waste in her garden by 6 November 2019.
Cllr Daniel Williamson, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said “We take anti-social behaviour seriously and will not tolerate residents thinking they don’t have to abide by Community Protection Notices.
“This case demonstrates that we will prosecute and are committed to preventing the few people that chose to be anti-social from affecting the lives of their neighbours.”