£5,000 fine for ignoring improvement order

A property owner who ignored a court order to improve a house and gardens in Gravesham has been fined £5,000 at a second hearing in Dartford.

Henry Robinson, aged 69, from Dartford, admitted failing to comply with a notice under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The notice required him to improve the neglected and rarely occupied property in Mulberry Close, Meopham both to the building and the front and rear gardens.

He had been fined £250 last November and the deadline was extended to March this year to do the work.

This time the court fined him £5,000 with £245 costs.

The property has been in disrepair for some time and every opportunity was given to Mr Robinson to make the improvements without the need for formal legal action.

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