South Gloucestershire Council has successfully prosecuted a land owner who was ordered to pay a total of £6,120 in fines and costs following ongoing waste offences in Staple Hill.
Ballymoney Hill Estates Ltd, of County Down, Northern Ireland, were prosecuted at Bristol Magistrates’ Court last week for failure to comply with a Community Protection Notice (CPN) relating to land under their ownership situated behind The Square at Staple Hill.
The court heard that problems with accumulations of rubbish on the land had persisted for many years, and that the council had tried to work with the land owner and agent to secure cleaning of this area, but after exhaustive attempts no progress was made.
A CPN was served by the council last June requiring the land owner to remove the accumulations of rubbish and put in place a regular cleansing regime. However, the Notice was not complied with, and no company representative attended the council’s request to attend a voluntary interview.
Ballymoney Hill Estates Ltd failed to appear in court and were found guilty in their absence. They were fined £5,000 and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £950, along with a victim surcharge of £170, making a combined total of £6,120.
The court also imposed an order for them to carry out remedial works to remove the accumulations of litter and waste and to put a regular cleaning system in place.
This week the council’s Cabinet Member for Communities & Tourism Cllr Paul Hughes said: “Ensuring residents are proud of their streets and the area they live in is one of the council’s top priorities, and we take our responsibility to respond to those who don’t think about the impact they have on their neighbours very seriously.
“This type of activity will not be tolerated in South Gloucestershire. Waste offences harm the environment, can harm people’s health and also have a negative impact on the area, and so we take them extremely seriously. I hope this sends out a message to others that we will take appropriate action for anyone who disregards the law.”
To report waste issues visit www.southglos.gov.uk/reportit