Published: Monday, 14th January 2019

A man from Gillingham has been fined hundreds of pounds following complaints about him hoarding scrap metal. 

Marcel Bucuresteanu, 52, of Canterbury Street, Gillingham, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a community protection notice under section 48 of the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 10 January. 
 
In January 2018 Medway Council received a complaint from another Canterbury Street resident claiming that Bucuresteanu was collecting and storing scrap metal in his house and garden and dismantling domestic appliances. 
 
An officer from Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team visited the property and issued a Community Protection Warning to all of the adult occupants which required them to stop collecting, storing and dismantling scrap metals and to stop making loud noise. 
 
The officer revisited the house in February 2018 and although some scrap had been removed there was still a large amount left. Medway Council continued to receive complaints about loud noises coming from the property as well as the continued collection of scrap. An officer returned in March 2018 and issued a Community Protection Notice to Bucuresteanu. The council continued to receive complaints and in April 2018 Bucuresteanu was given a fixed penalty notice. He failed to pay the notice and was summoned to court. 
 
Magistrates fined Bucuresteanu £400 and ordered him to pay a £40 victim surcharge and £400 costs, totalling £840. 

'Totally unacceptable behaviour'

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “The loud noises coming from this property was causing a nuisance to neighbours and had a negative impact on their quality of life. This was totally unacceptable behaviour. All of Medway’s residents have the right to live peacefully and we thoroughly investigate all noise complaints made to us.”

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