£2,670 fine for overgrown garden in Gloucester
A homeowner who let the bushes in his garden grow to 15ft tall was ordered to pay over #2,500 by a court yesterday.
Adrian Woodyatt, 44, was handed several warning notices by his local council after neighbours complained that his front and back gardens were overgrown.
But he failed to reply to the notices and instead let his garden grow even further.
Yesterday at Gloucester Magistrates Court he was handed a £600 fine and ordered to pay £2,055 in costs after he was found guilty in his absence.
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Elaine Bell, prosecuting, told the court that Woodyatt's semi-detached house in Nine Elms Road, had been subject to several complaints.
But when officers went to investigate there was no sign on him.
Mrs Bell said: "A planning and complaints officer visited on a number of occasions after we received complaints of allegations of an overgrown garden.
"A letter was sent to him on October 10 2011 requiring him to tidy the gardens but there was no response.
"A further visit by the same officer then occurred where it was found conditions had not improved."
She said that another two letters had been sent to Woodyatt, who is believed to live in another house further up the road, but both were also met with silence.
Officers visited for a final time in June this year where it was found that conditions had still not improved and had in fact got worse.
Sentencing Woodyatt, Judge Joti Boparai said she was satisfied the house belonged to him and that the council had given him enough chances before bringing him to court.
In total he was ordered to hand over £2,670 - most of which to repay the cost of investigating him and trying to track him down.