Burnham pier owner vows to fight council's enforcement action
owner of Burnham-On-Sea's pier is considering quitting her position
as a town councillor as she prepares for a legal battle against
Sedgemoor District Council over a controversial sweet shop on
the forecourt of the building.
District Council has this week issued Louise Parkin, right, with
a formal Enforcement Notice, requesting that work to remove the
white conservatory begins on August 22nd.
first reported earlier
this year that the council had requested that the white building,
which is used as a sweet shop and candy floss stall, be demolished
because it was installed "without planning permission"
and is "out of keeping".
Louise is adamant that she does not require planning permission
because the kiosk is a 'Permitted Development' under UK planning
laws relating to amusement parks and she says that the building
is not of out keeping with nearby properties.
She has vowed not to give in and to take her case to court.
Faun, Sedgemoor's Corporate Relations Manager, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Friday: "Sedgemoor District Council will be issuing legal
proceedings for the failure to comply with an enforcement notice
to remove a conservatory from Burnham pier."
was an opportunity to appeal the enforcement notice but this was
not exercised, so the freeholder is now bound by its provisions.
Sedgemoor District Council has a duty to apply the planning regulations
equitably within the law."
1,000 people have signed a petition supporting the Pavilion's
fight against the council and Louise
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Lots of people have signed the
petition to give us their support. The vast majority can see we
are just trying to run a business and want to keep the Pavilion
has been our worst season for 43 years and the kiosk has been
a life-saver, providing essential shelter to customers during
a very wet few months."
is showing a total disregard for Burnham's tourism industry to
propose with just a few days' notice that we shut the pier to
do this work just before a Bank Holiday at the height of the summer
season - it's utterly ridiculous."
she added: "I am also considering my position as a town councillor
because Sedgemoor's legal action may make my role untenable."