Action taken against Worksop property owner

Action taken against Worksop property owner

A Worksop property owner has been ordered to pay £2,214 by Mansfield Magistrates Court after failing to remove a large amount of waste left outside a house he owned, and not responding to a request about who had an interest in the property.

Action was taken by Bassetlaw District Council following a complaint about 35 Allen Street in Worksop. A site visit on the 9th August 2023 found large amounts of household rubbish to the front and rear of the property, which has been empty for a number of years.

A search of HM Land registry records found Peter Bishop from Turbary, Epworth in Doncaster was the owner of the house.

The Council served him notice on 16th August 2023 under section 5 of the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, which required him to clear the waste by 8th September 2023, in order to keep the land free from rats and mice. A visit by Bassetlaw District Council to Allen Street on 12th September 2023 confirmed it had not been removed.

In a separate case, Bishop failed to respond to a notice that required him to provide details about those with an interest in the property on Allen Street under Section 16 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (LGMPA). This notice was also served on 16th August 2023 and required him to respond within a set timeframe.

Bishop failed to attend a hearing at Mansfield Magistrates Court on 29th February 2024 and both cases were proven in his absence.

He was fined £660 for failure to respond to the request for information, £250 for breach of Prevention of Damage by Pest Notice, £940 in costs and a Victim Surcharge of £364.

Craig Taylor, Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “As well as being unsightly, the waste was likely to attract vermin which could have caused neighbouring properties a number of problems.

“This case sends a strong message that we will not tolerate our environment being blighted by a build up of rubbish and that property owners have a responsibility to ensure their land is kept clear of excessive waste.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024