Lancing man fined for having an overgrown garden

Complaints about an overgrown garden led to a fine for a Lancing man at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Monday, December 17.

David Hallett was prosecuted by Adur District Council for allowing his garden in George V Avenue, Lancing, to become untidy and overgrown.

Despite him not appearing at Worthing Magistrates’ Court, he was found guilty in his absence of failing to comply with a notice requiring him to clear his front and back gardens of brambles, weeds and overgrown vegetation, together with allowing the property to fall into disrepair.

He was fined £500, and ordered to pay costs of £400.

Gary Peck, planning services manager, said: “Adur council is committed to protecting the visual character of the area and the amenities of local residents and while prosecution is a last resort, it will, where necessary, take the appropriate action to ensure compliance with notices that are served to prevent gardens becoming untidy and overgrown.”