Build­ing owner fined £100 a day un­til work is com­plete

Accrington Observer - - WILDLIFE -

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

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