Smelly waste leads to fine for resident

Published: 10 November 2023

A photograph of a back garden with various waste

A resident who prevented neighbours from enjoying their own gardens by failing to clear accumulating dog faeces and other waste from her property has been fined.

Natalie Hixon, of Canterbury Road in Folkestone, allowed the trash to build up over a number of months – causing an overpowering unpleasant odour which impacted those living nearby.

She was given several warnings by Folkestone & Hythe District Council and although some of the other waste was removed, the dog poo continued to gather.

In her absence, Ms Hixon was found guilty of breaching a Community Protection Notice at Margate Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 24 October. She was fined £660 and ordered to pay £180 costs and a £264 victim surcharge.

Cllr Polly Blakemore – Cabinet Member for Transport, Regulatory Services and Building Control – said: “Prosecutions are always a last resort, but action will be taken when people’s quality of life is being impacted by inconsiderate behaviour such as this.”

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