Nottingham Magistrates' Court where the case was heard. Photo: Oxymoron.

A Nottinghamshire man has been found guilty of failing to comply with a notice from his local council after failing to clear his overgrown garden.

Jonathan Leggetter of Sloan Drive, Bramcote was convicted of one count of failing to comply with a community protection notice, costing him a total of £1,030.

Leggeter was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court. Neighbours first complained to Broxtowe Borough Council in summer 2017.

The court heard Leggetter had been given “numerous opportunities” to clear the garden but ignored all communication and attempts by the council to resolve the issue.

The case involved a vastly overgrown rear garden which had become an eyesore, with trees, shrubs and plants encroaching over adjacent land and highways.

The Council is committed to ensuring that the Borough is clean and tidy – broxtowe borough council

A community protection notice in May 2018 warned Mr Leggetter that if he did not make improvements to the state of the rear garden the council would pursue legal action.

Again he failed to carry out any gardening and failed talk to his council.

Leggetter was found guilty and fined £250. He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £750 and a victim surcharge of £30.

He was also ordered to carry out the work required in the community protection notice within 28 days. If he fails to comply, the council will do the work and recoup the costs.

A spokesperson for Broxtowe borough council’s legal team said: “The council is committed to ensuring that the borough is clean and tidy for residents to enjoy.”