Building owner fined £100 a day until work is complete
THE owner of a prominent town centre building is facing fines of £100 EVERY DAY until repair work is completed.
Sharaz Manzur has planning permission to turn the former Barnes furniture store and Ritz Cinema on Church Street into apartments.
Hyndburn council took the 45-year-old to court after he failed to make progress with planning conditions and ignored a section 215 notice to carry out repairs.
Manzur, of Brookfield Way, Earby, was found guilty at Blackburn Magistrates Court of failing to carry out the repairs and ordered to pay £440 legal costs, £75 investigation costs and a £44 victim surcharge. He must also pay £100 for every day the work remains incomplete.
Speaking after the hearing, council leader Miles Parkinson said: “This former Barnes furniture store is a prominent building in Accrington and we have given the owner many chances to improve it, but when he failed to do so the council had no choice but to take legal action.
“The building is part of the bigger Cannon Corner which has recently undergone some development which has seen new business opening up in the nearby shops and so we will continue to do our utmost to get the owner to bring this property up to standard.”
Former Barnes Furniture store on Church Street