Hefty fine for stor­age

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON Coun­cil has pros­e­cuted a man who stored ship­ping con­tain­ers with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion.

The bor­ough plan­ning depart­ment re­ceived a com­plaint in Oc­to­ber 2013 about con­tain­ers stored be­hind 36-50 Joel Street, North­wood, and or­dered their re­moval.

The owner, Naren Shah Karia, an ac­coun­tant of 27A Green Lane, left it un­til the day be­fore his court case to com­ply with the en­force­ment no­tice.

He ap­peared at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court on Jan­uary 26 and was fined £10,000 and full £1,101 costs, af­ter the court took a dim view of the length of time the de­fen­dant had dragged the mat­ter out.

Cllr Keith Bur­rows, cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning, said: “If you de­lib­er­ately de­lay com­pli­ance with plan­ning en­force­ment no­tices, forc­ing the coun­cil to pur­sue a pros­e­cu­tion at tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense and po­ten­tially waste the Court’s time, you will be heav­ily pe­nalised.”

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