A large amount of rubbish and items in an also overgrown garden has resulted in an untidy site notice being issued and a prosecution.

The prosecution followed complaints concerning an untidy site at Holly Crescent, Beckenham. Following council investigations, Geoffrey Hobson, a resident, was warned about the untidy condition of the property in August 2016. Rows of old dining chairs blocked the garden entrance; the garden itself was littered with rubbish bags and various items; and the two sheds (one collapsed) were choked with vegetation.

Communications with family representatives had led to numerous attempts made by family members to tidy the site, all of which were disrupted by Mr. Hobson’s refusal for anything to be removed. After years of further warnings, complaints and neglect, an untidy site notice was issued in March 2021 which followed the initial complaints in 2016. However, when the garden remained untidy, a prosecution was brought at the Bromley Magistrates’ Court.

Councillor Angela Page, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement, said: “There is a legal criterion of what constitutes an untidy site. And when a property falls below this standard and becomes extremely untidy, then we can and will take action to protect the amenity of the street and its residents. We will always seek to engage directly with the resident and ask that improvements be made. If despite this, the situation does not improve then the decision will invariably be made to prosecute, which shows just how seriously we take this matter.”

The defendant failed to attend the court hearing in early January and was tried in his absence. He was found guilty and received the statutory maximum fine of £1000 and was ordered to pay the entire £4034.50 in prosecution costs.


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Published: 16th February 2022