Resident fined for eyesore rubbish dumped in garden

The front garden at the property in Elphinstone Road SUS-141216-150043001
The front garden at the property in Elphinstone Road SUS-141216-150043001

A man who ignored warnings to clean up piles of rubbish dumped in his front garden was fined £150 at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on December 5.

Michael Smith was convicted after failing to comply with a section 215 notice served by Hastings Borough Council (HBC).

Smith, of Elphinstone Road, was served the notice under Hastings Borough Council’s Grotbuster scheme.

Councillor Peter Chowney, HBC’s lead member for regeneration and planning, said: “The section 215 notice gives councils the power to deal with untidy land and dilapidated buildings, by getting owners to improve them. If they don’t, they get a fine, but still have to do the work as well.”

“The notice was served on Mr Smith by the council’s planning enforcement team on May 19, 2014 and despite several warnings he failed to improve the condition of his front garden. We take issues of this nature very seriously indeed and will prosecute if residents ignore warnings.”

Smith pleaded guilty at court and was fined £150 with £150 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

This is the latest success for the Grotbusters team which as of May 2014 had improved 630 premises in the town.