Published: Friday, 4th May 2018

A man has been fined £15,000 after failing to clean up an eyesore garden in Rainham.

Raymond Gilligan, 66, was found guilty of failing to comply with a notice to tidy his overgrown garden in Dorset Square, Rainham, at Medway Magistrates Court on Monday, 30 April.

Gilligan, of Cobham Way, East Horsley, failed to attend court and the case was proved in his absence.

He has been prosecuted three previous times for the same offence in June 2015, July 2015 and July 2017.

Medway Council received a report of untidy land in Dorset Square in September 2016. The front and rear gardens were found to be overgrown and a notice was sent to Gilligan at his home address. Officers visited the property but the gardens had still not been cleared up and Gilligan was summonsed to court in July 2017. He was ordered to pay £1,000.

Since then, council officers have visited the property on numerous occasions but no work has been started and Gilligan was summonsed to court on Monday, 30 April.

Magistrates fined Gilligan £15,000 and ordered him to pay £250 court costs and a £170 victim surcharge.

‘We are committed to keeping Medway clean and tidy’

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “We are committed to keeping Medway clean and tidy and will prosecute those who blatantly ignore legal notices to clear their properties. This man failed to act despite numerous warnings and we had no option but to take further action and, as a result, he has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds.”

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