Successful conviction makes developer pay the price

Merton Council has successfully won a court battle with Newham-based development firm New Ideas Developments Ltd following a conviction at Wimbledon Magistrates Court for failing to clear rubbish from their site in Marlborough Road, Colliers Wood.

New Ideas Developments was ordered to pay fines of £3,360 as well as prosecution costs of £1,000 plus the £15.00 court charge and will pay instalments of £500 per month until all costs are met.

While intending to redevelop the land for residential use, the company continued to leave the site in an unacceptable state, failing to clear it of building waste and rubble, car tyres, gas canisters, mattresses and other fly tipped rubbish. Their actions created an eyesore and attracted rats, creating a nuisance for local residents.

This follows an earlier conviction at Wimbledon Magistrates Court in June 2008 on two counts when the company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £505 costs and £15 court charge.

Merton Council cabinet member for planning and traffic management Councillor William Brierly said: ‘We will not put up with development companies leaving their sites looking like waste tips. We work to put the needs of our residents first and a great deal of effort goes into keeping the borough clean and tidy. Leaving household waste attracts vermin which can lead to all sorts of health risks for the general public and particularly for those living close to the site. All developers should take this conviction as a warning that they will be found out, their reputation will suffer and they will pay the price for their irresponsible behaviour. Merton’s planning enforcement team will be on their tail.’