Melton residents handed hefty fines for failing to clean up unsightly properties

Melton Council has prosecuted residents for unsightly propertiesMelton Council has prosecuted residents for unsightly properties
Melton Council has prosecuted residents for unsightly properties
Failing to tidy up unsightly properties has landed Melton Mowbray residents with hefty court fines totalling hundreds of pounds.

Melton Borough Council’s safer communities team decided to take action after the householders failed to comply with Community Protection Notices (CPNs).

The authority became aware of the poor state of the land outside the two homes following complaints from local residents.

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Carla Potter, of Bramley Close, plus Stacey Gascoigne and Thomas Barton, of West Avenue, failed to engage with the safer communities team despite being given warnings and CPNs for their unsightly properties.

Ms Potter was found guilty at Leicester Magistrates Court on February 28 for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice.

After failing to attend court, Ms Potter was found guilty in her absence and was fined £500 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £200, as well as the council’s court costs of £872.

Ms Gascoigne and Mr Barton also failed to attend their court hearing on the same date and they were found guilty in their absence.

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They were each fined £500 for failing to comply with the CPN.

And both parties were ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £200 and the council’s court costs of £ £482.

In both court cases the residents involved were ordered to remove the waste from their properties within 14 days.

Anti-social behaviour such as unsightly properties, wherever it occurs in the Melton borough, can be reported online by clicking HERE or alternatively by calling the council on 01664 502502.