Resident prosecuted for ignoring Council’s warnings

A Retford resident has been prosecuted and fined almost £400 for failing to comply with a High Hedge Remedial Notice and reduce the size of his hedge.

Mr Wayne Bramhald of London Road, Retford pleaded guilty to the offence at Mansfield Magistrates Court on 8th June 2017 and was fined £150, plus £209 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. The Magistrates also imposed a Court Order on Mr Bramhald forcing him to carry out the work and reduce the height of the hedge to 7.20 metres by 31st July 2017.

An investigation was launched by Planning Enforcement Officers from Bassetlaw District Council in October 2015 following complaints from residents whose properties backed onto Mr Bramhald’s hedge.

This revealed that the hedge was approximately 12 to 15 metres high and was causing a nuisance to five properties. As a result, Mr Bramhald was served with a High Hedge Remedial Notice on 27th April 2016, which legally required the hedge to be reduced in height down to 7.20 metres. The Notice allowed a period of 10 months in which to carry out the required works and clearly stated that failure to comply with the requirements of the Notice may result in prosecution.

However, when the hedge was inspected again on 13th April 2017, the required works had not taken place and Mr Bramhald was issued with a court summons.

David Armiger, Head of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“For whatever reason, Mr Bramhald decided not to act when issued with this Remedial Notice and is now facing the consequences of a prosecution and a hefty fine, in addition to the cost of reducing the height of the hedge.

“The Council will not hesitate to take action in circumstances like this and, as demonstrated, will take individuals through the courts should they fail to heed the legal warnings served by Council officers.

“Mr Bramhald’s hedge will be inspected again in August 2017 and should the conditions of the notice still not be complied with, the Council will seek a further prosecution for contempt of Court.”

Published: Tuesday 04 July 2017