Brother and sister fined for failing to clean up properties

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A brother and sister have been fined by Boston Borough Council after they failed to comply with orders to clean up their properties.

The authority requested David and Sarah Holmes to tidy up homes they owned at 35 Wormgate and 35 Fydell Crescent, but when they refused they were called to answer for themselves in a hearing at Boston Magistrates’ Court.

When neither of them turned up, they were found guilty in absence and prosecuted.

Magistrates heard on Monday, December 17, that Boston Borough Council had received complaints about the untidy state of the properties and adjoining land, and after negotiations seeking they paid to carry out improvements failed, they were each issued with a notice to improve the appearance of the properties.

Sarah Holmes had been offered a grant to improve the appearance of her property, as it was elegible for help under a scheme to restore historic buildings, but she did not respond to contact from the council.

When nothing was done, the authority took action.

Following the hearing, the siblings, who both live at a home on Fydell Crescent, were each fined £400 and told to pay a £40 surcharge. David Holmes was asked to pay costs of £532.83 and his sister has to pay £448.05.

They have been ordered to comply with the notices within one month and further action may be taken if improvements are not made.

Coun Derek Richmond, portfolio holder for the town centre, said after the hearings: “These cases demonstrate that the council is serious about improving the appearance of buildings. Along with English Heritage we have done all within our power to help property owners to help themselves. If you are an owners of an eligible property in a significant state of disrepair, don’t wait for the council to have to serve notice on you.”

Contact conservation project officer Laura Hodson on 01205 314339 or laura.hod for advice.