LANDOWNER FINED £1,000 OVER ‘UNTIDY’ SITE (one settee, washing machine, several bags of garden waste) 

A Bromley landowner has been fined £1,000 after failing to remove rubbish from a site – one YEAR after being asked to do so.

Bromley council’s latest move comes as part of a crackdown on landowners refusing to clear up sites they own.

Reports of a settee, washing machine and several bags of garden waste left on privately owned land in Lullingstone Close, St Paul’s Cray were received last September.

Requests to the owner of the land in St Pauls Cray asking him to clear it were not successful.  An untidy site notice was subsequently issued in December 2017, with a compliance date of 28 February 2018.

The landowner failed to attend Bromley magistrates court to answer charges of failing to comply with the untidy site notice, contrary to section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, was found guilty in his absence and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £1548.

Cllr Kate Lymer, Bromley’s executive councillor for public protection and enforcement said, “Landowners need to be take responsibility for clearing their land.

“Not only can it be unsightly but it can also encourage others to dump rubbish, something no one wants.  “We always give ample time for the rubbish to be cleared and in this example, virtually a year has elapsed since we became aware of the rubbish.  “Further action will follow if this proves necessary.”

A Bromley council statement added: Legally, landowners are responsible for their land. Residents are reminded that garden waste and other bulky waste is accepted for a free at the council’s reuse and recycling centres, with a charge according to weight for traders.  Garden waste can be disposed of as part of the council’s garden waste collection service for an annual subscription of £60, with details about how to subscribe on the Council’s website.

For legal waste disposal options, businesses and residents are advised to search;

•    The case was heard at Bromley Magistrate’s Court on 15 August 2018.
•    The landowner was ordered to pay a fine of £1000, plus costs of £458 and a victim surcharge of £100. (Source: Bromley council press release)

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