Bed in shed torn down by coun­cil

Land­lord ig­nored en­force­ment no­tices

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A ROGUE land­lord’s ‘bed in a shed’ was de­mol­ished af­ter ig­nor­ing plan­ning en­force­ment no­tices for four years.

Hilling­don Coun­cil took ac­tion to de­stroy the bed in a shed at Wind­sor Av­enue, Hilling­don, on Oc­to­ber 19.

Dar­shan Kin­gra was pre­vi­ously pros­e­cuted by the coun­cil’s pri­vate sec­tor hous­ing team for op­er­at­ing an un­fit house in mul­ti­ple oc­cu­pa­tion in May 2011.

She was later pros­e­cuted again un­der plan­ning leg­is­la­tion.

Af­ter fail­ing to com­ply with the two plan­ning en­force­ment no­tices to de­mol­ish the bed in a shed, Mrs Kin­gra was found guilty last May, re­sult­ing in a fine of £7,500. The court also awarded costs of £2,500 back to the coun­cil.

Af­ter the pros­e­cu­tion, Mrs Kin­gra still failed to de­mol­ish the il­le­gal bed in a shed so the coun­cil’s plan­ning en­force­ment team took ac­tion to de­mol­ish it in Oc­to­ber.

Cabi­net mem­ber for plan­ning, trans­porta­tion and re­cy­cling, coun­cil­lor Keith Bur­rows said: “The coun­cil will al­ways clamp down on rogue land­lords and re­coup all costs in­curred. In this par­tic­u­lar case, we gave more than enough rea­son­able no­tice to this in­di­vid­ual and she ig­nored the law on more than one oc­ca­sion, re­sult­ing in the coun­cil tak­ing the nec­es­sary ac­tion to de­mol­ish the bed in a shed. We will keep be­ing vig­i­lant to stop this from hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture.”

n CLAMP­ING DOWN: The bed in a shed which was de­mol­ished by the coun­cil

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