Kent Pensioner issued with warning from council after restoring a decaying fountain

The pensioner had stepped in to restore a neglected and decaying fountain but was told that if he continued he'd be committing an offence that could lead to a £2,500 fine. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Citizen of Folkestone Bob Mouland had led a blameless existence for the first 71 years of his life, but that came to an abrupt end this week when he was issued with a written warning from the local council. 

The pensioner had stepped in to restore a neglected and decaying fountain but was told that if he continued he'd be committing an offence that could lead to a £2,500 fine.

  • Report by ITV News Meridian's Tony Green:

The Trevi Fountain in Rome. Italian Fashion label Fendi spent $2,000,000 on its restoration.

In Folkestone, the Sidney Cooper Weston Fountain. 71-year-old Bob Mouland spent money from his pension to repaint the decaying monument.

In response, the local council issued him with a warning notice to stop. If he didn't, he'd be committing an offence. 

  • Bob Mouland:

If he doesn't obey he could be fined £100 or taken to court and fine up to £2,500. Credit: ITV News Meridian

This is the written warning Bob was given under the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. If he doesn't obey he could be fined £100 or taken to court and fine up to £2,500.

  • Cllr Mary Lawes, Folkestone Town Council- Foundation Party:


It was becoming dilapidated and I was not prepared to stand back and watch another part of this town's heritage just to become even more dilapidated.

Bob Mouland

A spokesman for Folkestone and Hythe Council said repeated requests for Bob to stop were rejected and they had no choice but to issue a community  protection warning -not an ASBO.

They now say they're happy with his work.

Folkestone and Hythe Council now say they are happy with Bob's work on the fountain Credit: ITV News Meridian
Bob used his own money to paint the fountain. Credit: ITV News Meridian

No further action will be taken against a man whose public spirit they had deemed a public nuisance.