Court tells owner to complete work

April 30 2018
Court tells owner to complete work

A DOWNEND man has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 and told to complete work on an empty property in Winterbourne.

Keith Bannerman, 61, of Blackhorse Road in Downend, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice (CPN) under the anti-social behaviour crime and policing act 2014.

He was prosecuted by South Gloucestershire Council for failing to comply with the notice,  connected to a property in Sandstone Rise.

A Remedial Order was issued by the court, stating that Bannerman must complete the work, as scheduled in the CPN, by 28 May 2018. Any breach would be considered under contempt of court. He was also handed a conditional discharge for 12 months.

The prosecution at Bristol Magistrates' Court related to an unfinished new build house (where work had started by 1996).  The property had been abandoned and left empty since before 2012, with prominent and unsightly scaffolding left in place, plus overgrown untidy gardens, that were causing detriment to the local community.

A CPN was served on Mr Bannerman, requiring him to complete the external works, tidy the land and remove the scaffolding by 20 September 2017. None of the work, aimed to improve the external appearance, was ever started and the condition is still deteriorating.

The notice also provided for ongoing maintenance of the property and the land, to prevent further recurrences.