Published: Friday, 20th December 2019

A Rochester business has been ordered to pay £1,600 for piling bags of rubbish in a private courtyard.

In May 2019 Medway Council’s environmental enforcement team visited Olive & Capperi in Rochester High Street following a report that waste was being stored in a private courtyard and on a public footpath.

The manager was asked to make arrangements to remove the waste but when the team visited a few days later it was still there. The business was then issued with a Community Protection warning requiring the removal of the rubbish but failed to do so. Olive & Capperi Ltd were sent a Community Protection notice in June but the premises failed to move the bins and the amount of rubbish in the courtyard increased.

As a result of breaching the requirements of the Community Protection notice a £100 fixed penalty notice was issued. No payment was received and the case was taken to court.

Olive & Capperi Ltd failed to attend Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 17 December and the case was proved in their absence.

Magistrates fined the business £1,000 and ordered them to pay £500 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “This business repeatedly ignored our officers and continued to pile their rubbish in an insecure courtyard which was extremely unpleasant for passers-by. They also continuously left their bins out on a public footpath where they could have caused an obstruction to residents and visitors. Everyone has a responsibility to store their waste responsibly. As an authority we really wish to work with business and it is really disappointing we had no response from this business, which has resulted in court action.”

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