Penarth pensioner told to clear unauthorised materials from lane between residential streets - a year after he was found guilty of the same offence
2:15pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A PENARTH pensioner has been given six weeks to comply with a local authority notice to remove building materials from a lane between two residential streets – despite being charged with the same offence more than a year ago.
Thomas Levitt-Oliver appeared before Cardiff Magistrates Court and was told he could face a fine of up to £30,000 if he continues to ignore notices to remove the materials – including scaffolding poles, tarpaulin and plastic sheet coverings – in Sully Terrace Lane.
The 82-year-old was fined £150 after he appeared in court for the same offence in July 2012.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council said, then, that 'reasonable' time would be given to remove the materials following the prosecution, and a period of three months was set by magistrates.
But more than a year on Plymouth Road resident Roger Alban, who first brought the situation to the attention of the Vale Council in 2010, wants the issue resolved once and for all.
In a letter to the local authority on July 4 this year, Mr Alban said: “I feel that the Local Authority has failed in its duty of care regarding the large number of residents who have been affected by the anti- social behaviour of Mr Oliver.
“I am saddened that there appears reluctance on the part of officers to use whatever enforcement powers they have to resolve this outstanding problem, which has seriously affected the quality of lives of many residents.”
The case was adjourned until October 3.
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