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Resident fined for "untidy" garden

The resident was convicted by court of having an untidy garden. Credit: Telford & Wrekin Council

A resident in Telford has been fined hundreds of pounds after the garden at her address was deemed untidy.

Mandy Jones from Bishopdale, who was fined £855, was served a Section 215 Untidy Land Notice under the Town and Country Planning Act.

She was prosecuted by Telford and Wrekin Council, after complaints that the garden was overgrown, and the rear boundary fence had collapsed. Her notice required the fence to be erected and the land tidied - but it was not complied with.

Ms Jones was convicted in her absence on the 4th December at Shropshire Magistrates Court.

Ms Jones was:

  • fined £440
  • ordered to pay a £44 victim surcharge
  • £351 costs
The council say they always serve notice first in these cases. Credit: Telford and Wrekin Council website

"We often receive complaints regarding overgrown, unkempt and untidy gardens and we always serve notice first.

We only bring a prosecution if the owner of the garden fails to take action to clear things up.

As well as being unsightly, overgrown gardens can attract other environmental crimes such as fly tipping and cause a nuisance to other residents.”

– Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Enforcement