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Overgrown garden fined

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

OUT OF SIGHT . . . The overgrown house, totally obliterated by weeds and creepers.

OUT OF SIGHT . . . The overgrown house, totally obliterated by weeds and creepers.

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A RUGELEY resident has been hit with fines of £1,300 because of his overgrown garden.

 

Officers at Cannock Chase Council ordered Kenneth Mould to tidy the garden at his home in Swallow Close.

When he didn't comply they took him to court where magistrates sitting in Stafford imposed the fines.

The house was completely obscured from view from the street by trees, bushes and other foliage.

Cannock Chase Council issued a notice stipulating the work required to improve the appearance of the house.

Mr Mould didn't comply and failed to make any improvements to his house.

The authority brought the successful prosecution against Mr Mould for non-compliance with a Town and Country Planning Notice.

A council spokesman said the house was "visually detrimental" to neighbouring properties and the appearance of the street scene.

Mr Mould was given the maximum fine of £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £100.

Councillor Gordon Alcott, leader of economic development and planning, said: "This is an extreme case of non-compliance of a planning order."

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