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Owner fined for eyesore house - 07/02/2012

Nigel Harrison of Pitt Street was ordered to pay a £175 fine with £440 costs and "£192.50 for default works as well as a £15 Victim Surcharge for letting his property fall into disrepair. Hull Magistrates Court found Mr Harrison guilty under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The prosecution was brought by Hull City Council's Neighbourhood Nuisance Team, following complaints from neighbours about the detrimental state of the premises. Mr Harrison did not occupy the house and failed to respond to informal and formal attempts, including legal notices, instructing him to repair the house and bring it and the garden to an acceptable condition. Hull City Council was forced to remedy the situation themselves and resort to prosecution.

The garden was overgrown to the extent that it crept into adjacent gardens and over the foot path. Bricks and other building work was dilapidated to the extent that they were a danger to neighbours, and it's entire appearance made the terrace look run down.

Cllr John Hewitt, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and families said "The property was in a deplorable condition and the grounds were a complete eyesore. People have a duty to maintain their properties to a reasonable standard and a social responsibility to their neighbours too. By prosecuting Mr Harrison, I hope we send a strong message that we will not hesitate to prosecute where one individual threatens the peace of mind of his neighbours and viability of the neighbourhood."

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