A Redruth man has been fined £400 and ordered to pay £1,246 costs after being taken to court over scrap and building materials on land.

Robert Frederick Mallaber of 12 Foxes Row, Carharrack, Redruth, was fined £400 by Truro Magistrates today after pleading guilty to two charges of failing to comply with planning enforcement notices.

The two notices, which were issued in February 2000 and April 2000, required Mr Mallaber to stop using the land at 12 Foxes Row for the depositing/storage of building materials, vehicles parts, domestic and other similar items and to stop using land at Trevarth Road, Carharrack for the storage of trailers, derelict vehicles, scrap metal, building materials and rubble.

The council said that while the landowner had previously removed some materials from the site, the situation had "worsened again" and the Council was forced to issue legal proceedings after previous attempts to resolve the matter failed.

Hayley Jewels, the council’s enforcement group leader, said “Failing to comply with an enforcement notice is a criminal offence. Anyone who does not comply with these notices can expect to be prosecuted which could result in them gaining a criminal record. These notices remain on the land permanently and the Council will not tolerate repeated breaches”.

As well as receiving a £400 fine, Mr Mallaber was also ordered to pay £1246.45 towards the Council’s costs plus a £20 victim surcharge.