Kirkby woman fined for failing to clean up her messy garden

A Kirkby woman has been left several hundred pounds out of pocket after ignoring calls to clear up her messy garden.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 12:53 pm

Claire Blockley, of Roderick Avenue, was given several warnings by Ashfield District Council and served with a Community Protection Notice to remove rubbish.

She failed to to comply with the notice and was issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.

But after failing to pay the fine – and with the rubbish still in her garden – the council’s community safety team applied to take her case through the courts.

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Kirkby woman Claire Blockley has been left several hundred pounds out of pocket after ignoring calls to clear up her messy garden. Photo: Ashfield District Council

And at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Friday, May 21, she was found to have breached the Community Protection Notice.

Blockley was fined £220, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and costs of £425.84.

The waste must also be removed by June 21.

Antonio Taylor, the council’s community safety manager, said: “Messy gardens have such a negative effect on neighbours, and the environment, so this is a fantastic result for the team.”

Claire Blockley ignored calls to clear up her Kirkby garden. Photo: Ashfield District Council

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