Land owners ordered to clean up untidy site in Kemsing
By kentsussex | Monday, February 04, 2013, 14:37
Sevenoaks District Council has taken action to clean up an unacceptably untidy site in Kemsing following various complaints from the community and the local parish council.
Throughout 2011 and 2012 the Council received a number of complaints about 5 St Edith's Road.
The site had become overgrown with weeds, saplings and brambles causing the area to look unsightly and unpleasant having a negative effect on the area and the neighbours.
The land also lies within a conservation area.
The Council gave the landowners, Mr Maslin and Ms Tait of 5 St Edith's Road, the opportunity to complete the necessary works prior to issuing an 'untidy land notice' on 13 June 2012 ordering them to clean up the site.
But, despite several reminders, the owners of the site had failed to comply with the requests and the notice.
After the land owners failed to comply with the notice, the Council stepped in and sent in contractors to clear up the untidy plot of land.
The Council completed the work in December 2012 and it will be at the expense of the landowner costing a total of £270.
If the landowners fail to pay, the Council will have a charge put on the land.
This is not the first time that the Council has taken action to improve the condition of this site. In 1998, direct action was also taken in respect of a fire damaged chapel.
Cllr Jill Davison, Cabinet Member with responsibility for planning enforcement, says: "We only take this kind of action in exceptional circumstances.
"Unfortunately, as the landowner failed to respond to our notice and several reminders, we were left with no alternative but to take action.
"This should serve as a warning that we will take action where appropriate."