Coun­cil is com­ing af­ter ‘beds in sheds’

First use of pow­ers to de­mol­ish illegal dwellings

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

THREE men have been charged with mul­ti­ple of­fences af­ter po­lice were called to a stab­bing in Cow­ley.

The three, all from Cow­ley, were charged with kid­nap, false im­pris­on­ment and black­mail fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

Marvin Vas­sell, 40, Dar­ren Vas­sell, 35, both of St Luke Close, and Derek John­ston, 40, of St Christo­pher Road ap­peared at Westminster Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day.

All of their cases were sent for a hear­ing at South­wark Crown Court on July 6.

A man in his 30s was treated for mul­ti­ple stab in­juries by paramedics be­fore be­ing taken to a west Lon­don hos­pi­tal in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Of­fi­cers from the Metropoli­tan Po­lice kid­nap unit and from the firearms com­mand unit were at an ad­dress in Cow­ley, dur­ing which an of­fi­cer un­in­ten­tion­ally fired a gun.

No one was in­jured as a re­sult and as a mat­ter of rou­tine, the Di­rec­torate of Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards has been in­formed.

Po­lice were seen on St Peter’s Road on Satur­day morn­ing.

There were no other re­ported in­juries. HILLING­DON Coun­cil has used new pow­ers for the first time to de­mol­ish an unau­tho­rised flat and a ‘bed in shed’ in Hayes.

The bor­ough took le­gal ac­tion against Mo­hin­der Singh and his son Bal­want Singh Bassi who they said had con­spired to con­ceal the unau­tho­rised de­vel­op­ments, which did not have plan­ning per­mis­sion, at a prop­erty in Crane Gar­dens, Hayes.

The pair were found to have de­lib­er­ately con­cealed an unau­tho­rised flat in the main house and a ‘bed in shed’ in the gar­den, which they rented out to ten­ants, fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the coun­cil.

And the lo­cal au­thor­ity used new le­gal pow­ers to ob­tain an en­force­ment or­der from the Mag­is­trates Court re­quir­ing the de­mo­li­tion of the illegal dwellings, de­spite them be­ing over four years old, which pre­vi­ously would have meant they were ex­empt.

Cllr Keith Bur­rows, cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning, trans­port and re­cy­cling, said: “This is the first time that Hilling­don Coun­cil has used this leg­is­la­tion and we have achieved a great re­sult.

“These two rogue land­lords had no al­ter­na­tive but to de­mol­ish their flat and ‘bed in shed’ and suf­fered a sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial penalty too.

“The coun­cil’s suc­cess serves as a warn­ing to all those who build unau­tho­rised de­vel­op­ments and con­ceal their in­ten­tions – even if out­build­ings are over four years old, we still have the power to come af­ter you.”

Singh and Bassi were fined £2,500 and or­dered to pay the coun­cil’s costs of £912 at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court be­cause they had pro­vided false in­for­ma­tion in an at­tempt to de­lib­er­ately con­ceal the unau­tho­rised out­build­ing and ‘ bed in shed’.

Af­ter be­ing served with the fine and en­force­ment no­tices, the fa­ther and son had no op­tion but to de­mol­ish the ‘bed in shed’ and re­move the flat from the house in or­der to achieve com­pli­ance with the en­force­ment no­tices.

Fol­low­ing the court hear­ing at the end of April, coun­cil of­fi­cers vis­ited the prop­erty in May to con­firmed the nec­es­sary work had been done.

n BE­FORE AND AF­TER: Right, an illegal 'bed in shed' out­build­ing at Crane Gar­dens, Hayes that was de­mol­ished by Hilling­don Coun­cil. Above, Coun­cil­lor Keith Bur­rows

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