Grimsby man has appeal rejected after failing to clean up eyesore patch of land

Grimsby man has appeal rejected after failing to clean up eyesore patch of land

A Grimsby man, who was fined for failing to clear a patch of land which had turned into a dumping ground, has had his appeal rejected.

Fridges, shopping trolleys, a trampoline, clothes, cardboard, rubble and garden waste were dumped on land behind Peaksfield Avenue, Grimsby.

Peter James Fitzgerald, 56, of Hainton Avenue, was ordered to clear his land and secure it within 28 days on 10 April 2018.

A community protection and compliance officer from North East Lincolnshire Council visited the site again on 9 May and the waste still hadn’t been cleared.

Another letter was delivered to Fitzgerald, notifying him of the council’s intent to carry out works in default to remove the rubbish and secure the site.

It cost North East Lincolnshire Council £2,700 to clear the land and to secure it against future fly-tipping.

Fitzgerald was charged with failing to comply with an enforcement notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in relation to waste on land he owns.

He was fined £2,500, ordered to pay costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £120 in his absence, but appealed his sentence on 1 February 2019.

A re-trial was heard at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court on 24 April 2019 where Fitzgerald failed to attend court again.

The case was heard in his absence and the initial sentence still stands.

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