Owner fined over eyesore house

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A HOME owner has been ordered to pay more than £800 for allowing his property to fall into a “deplorable” state of repair.

The prosecution of Nigel Harrison followed a series of complaints from neighbours about his house in Pitt Street, Hull.

Bricks and other parts of the structure had become dangerous to the public, and the garden had become so overgrown that it covered the footpath and crept into neighbouring gardens.

Harrison, who did not live in the house, had also failed to respond to informal and formal requests and legal notices from Hull Council to bring the property and garden into an acceptable condition.

He was found guilty in his absence at Hull Magistrates Court of breaching the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and was fined £175, told to pay £192.50 towards the clean-up, £440 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Coun John Hewitt said: “The property was in a deplorable condition and the grounds were a complete eyesore. People have a duty to maintain their properties to a reasonable standard and a social responsibility to their neighbours too. By prosecuting Mr Harrison, I hope we send a strong message.”