Fined: Chadwell Heath man who refused to trim ‘eyesore’ hedges

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 June 2018

The hedge in Roles Grove before (top) and after trimming. Picture: LBBD

The hedge in Roles Grove before (top) and after trimming. Picture: LBBD


A Chadwell Heath man whose hedges caused “a major concern” for the council and a year-long tussle over trimming them has been ordered to pay £370.

Michael Waring, of Rose Grove, first received a complaint about his “eyesore” garden in December 2016, according to Barking and Dagenham Council.

Despite warnings, visits by council officers and repeated promises to cut back the plants, nothing had been done 10 months later.

Waring failed to comply with two notices issued under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which told him to trim the greens or face prosecution.

Again, nothing was done and the dispute then went to Barkingside Magistrates Court.

Before the case was heard, private contractors descended on his front garden as by now the hedges were “severely obstructing the highway”.

Waring was fined £40 after pleading guilty to failing to bring the land back into a suitable condition.

He must also pay £300 costs to the council and a £30 victim surcharge.

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