A property company has been left nearly £3K out of pocket after failing to tackle problems with
rats and rubbish at one of its sites.
Remitone Properties Ltd was prosecuted by Milton Keynes Council for failing
to comply with the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, in respect of the car park at
Chandos Place, Bletchley.
Magistrates heard today (October 9) how the site has been the subject of repeated complaints
about accumulations of rubbish and sighting of rats over a number of years – but the company
did not tackle the problem.
They fined the company £1,000 in its absence; it was also ordered to pay full costs of
£1,748, as well as a £150 Criminal Court charge and £100 Victim Surcharge, totalling £2,998.
A notice was originally served in May 2015 - following sight of a rat infestation by an
environmental health officer - under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949.
This required the landowner to clear the rubbish, to treat the rat infestation and to put in place a
system to ensure waste was collected and removed from the site regularly and that the land was
treated to control rats in the future.
However, the court heard that the company had failed to respond to this notice.
An environmental health spokesperson said: “We had a lot of complaints about this stretch of
land, and the twin problems of rubbish and rat infestation.
“Unfortunately the company failed to heed our requests to sort out the problem – and they have
been left nearly £3,000 out of pocket as a result.”