Hefty fine and order for pallets to go

A father and son have been ordered to move piles of pallets from two Plymouth properties and pay between them over £5,000 in fines and court costs.

District Judge Matson at Plymouth magistrates made an order calling for all waste and wooden pallets be removed from the two properties in Plymstock within 28 days and for there to be no recurrence of the same.

It follows a case brought by Plymouth City Council against William and Denis Tall, both of Blackberry Close, Plymstock, following the breach of Community Protection Notices, which were served in respect the two properties in December 2017. The pair were found guilty of failing to comply the notices between August 2018 and July 2019.

William Tall (41) was fined £400, plus £40 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £2,000 costs, and Denis Tall (80), who did not attend, was fined £660 plus £66 victim surcharge and £2,000 costs.

The court details about the large amount of pallets at both properties and the impact that this had had on those affected. William Tall told the court they were there to be repaired and then taken to a pallet yard.

He said that he had made attempts to comply with the notice but said that as fast as he could clear the pallets, his father replaced them.  

The District Judge found that William Tall had not taken all reasonable steps to comply with the notice. However, when sentencing him she acknowledged the difficult position he found himself in. Denis Tall did not attend the trial and was found guilty in his absence.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety said: “Community protection notices are a tool to use when someone’s behaviour has an unacceptable impact on those around them.

“This is not in an industrial estate, this is in a residential area and people are entitled to live in peace and to not have their neighbourhood blighted in this way.

“These men were given enough chances - a warning letter, a Community Protection Notice, a FPN and still did not remove them. It’s not on and we will take action.”