Pier in legal row over council's demolition order
A row has broken out between the owner of Burnham-On-Sea's famous seafront
pier and Sedgemoor District Council over whether a conservatory
built at the front of the property should be demolished.
council has issued the UK's shortest pier with an Enforcement
Notice, requesting that the white building, which is used
as a sweet shop,
be demolished because it was installed without
permission and is 'out of keeping'.
the Pavilion's Manager, Louise Parkin, pictured, is adamant that
she does not require planning permission because the building is a 'Permitted
Development' under planning regulations relating to amusement
parks. She also says the building is not of out keeping with nearby properties.
points to a rule which states that Permitted Development can be
given to 'a development on land used as an amusement park consisting
of the erection of booths or stalls or the installation of plant
or machinery to be used for or in connection with the entertainment
of the public within the amusement park.'
She adds that the regulations clearly state that the term 'amusement
park' can be defined as 'any part of a seaside pier'.
Parkin told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "As far as I am
concerned, the building is movable to start with, it has no footings,
and has the addition of a candy stall. I am awaiting delivery
of some more machines for the opposite end ready for the new season."
conservatory replaced the old parasols and glass screen which frequently
blew down in storms. We were forced to build a substantial
structure because of the winds."
Louise, who is a serving town councillor, added: "When we
moved to Burnham, the Pavilion was a wreck, we have poured our
heart and souls into it. We may have reaped some rewards but we have
worked very hard. I work over 100 hours a week in the summer and
both my parents are still working every day at age 72 and 75."
the last few years 287 seaside arcades have shut across the UK
and only those which have diversified have survived and that is
what we have done."
"Many of the other catering facilities in the area close
early in the summer but we open until 10pm serving the public."
many people - tourists and locals - have asked me if they could
sign a petition in support of us, but until now I have not seen
you look at the law as it stands we are well within it and, as
such, should the council be wasting taxpayers' money on legal
proceedings when they are having to make cutbacks in other vital
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"An Enforcement Notice was issued in January 2011 for the
demolition of the conservatory-type building at the Pavilion.
This gave the owners of the land three months to comply with the
notice. The owners of the land had the opportunity of appealing
the Enforcement Notice but this they failed to do."
the owners of the land wrote to the council requesting an extension
of time to remove the building. This was agreed and they were
given until 31st October 2011 to remove it. This they failed to
Council wrote to the owners of the land advising them as they
had failed to remove the building the Council had no alternative
but to take legal proceedings. The owners have been informed they
can apply for planning permission, but this they have failed to
the Pavilion's owners say they do not require planning permission
for the building, the matter has reached a stalemate with no immediate
resolution in sight. The pier hopes public pressure may prompt
a re-think by the council.