Council takes legal advice over Kingsway tyre 'eyesore'

Council takes legal advice over Kingsway tyre 'eyesore

Council takes legal advice over Kingsway tyre 'eyesore

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LEGAL action is being taken by Warrington Borough Council against the company who built a wall of tyres near to the Kingsway Bridge.

Council officers issued a deadline for the removal of the ‘eyesore’ by January 17 but the heap of tyres has yet to be taken down.

Residents were left outraged by the ‘unsightly stack’ that was constructed without planning permission.

Clr Kevin Bennett (Fairfield and Howley - LAB) said: “It was shock to see the monstrosity shoot up overnight. I do not know how he thinks he will get away with it and he won’t.”

A spokesman said: “The council considers that the tyres cause material harm to the amenity and condition of the land, therefore, legal action will be taken including the serving of an enforcement notice.

“Officers are also investigating the erection of unauthorised advertisements on the site, and the council may also take separate enforcement action in respect of any unauthorised advertisements on the site.

“The council treats any such unauthorised developments very seriously and the public can be reassured that we will do what we can within the laws available to us, taking formal action through the courts if necessary, to resolve this type of situation.”

Clr Tony Higgins (Fairfield and Howley - LAB) said it was a pity that the council had been forced take legal proceedings but the owner of the land left the council no choice.

Clr Higgins added: “The tyres are blighting the area. The message from the public is clear - they do not want it.

“These people live here and see it day in day out. The owner should be listening to what the people want.

“The best way to resolve this matter would be for the owner of the land to take the tyres down. He is not doing himself any favours.”

Mayor of Warrington, Clr Peter Carey said the tyres were a ‘public nuisance and safety hazard’.

He added: “This is the right course of action as the owner have refused to take notice of the council and the public outcry.”

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7:27am Thu 30 Jan 14

Nick Tessla says...

The business concerned must be really upset about the Guardian giving them more free advertising by reshowing the photo.
The business concerned must be really upset about the Guardian giving them more free advertising by reshowing the photo. Nick Tessla
  • Score: -3

8:35am Thu 30 Jan 14

silverlady54 says...

If the tyres are a hazard, why can't the council arrange to have them removed without having to go to court?
If the tyres are a hazard, why can't the council arrange to have them removed without having to go to court? silverlady54
  • Score: 11

9:46am Thu 30 Jan 14

wa1 resident says...

Not the first time a company feels the risk is worthwhile. They obviously fee that the odds of the council having the ability, balls and pockets to take actions to match words are favourable, and even if the council do see it through, the time lapsed and value the company has had from their actions are clearly felt to exceed any potential penalty.
Firm written reassurance for others though (which would either indicate a change in policy or just the standard rhetoric) "The council treats any such unauthorised developments very seriously and the public can be reassured that we will do what we can within the laws available to us, taking formal action through the courts if necessary, to resolve this type of situation.”
Not the first time a company feels the risk is worthwhile. They obviously fee that the odds of the council having the ability, balls and pockets to take actions to match words are favourable, and even if the council do see it through, the time lapsed and value the company has had from their actions are clearly felt to exceed any potential penalty. Firm written reassurance for others though (which would either indicate a change in policy or just the standard rhetoric) "The council treats any such unauthorised developments very seriously and the public can be reassured that we will do what we can within the laws available to us, taking formal action through the courts if necessary, to resolve this type of situation.” wa1 resident
  • Score: 5

2:47pm Thu 30 Jan 14

tarasmum says...

The owner of this land is a nasty piece of work. He first wanted it for fishing, but this fell through thank God as he would have culled several mature trees. He has now blocked what has always been a right of way on this land with a great mound of tree branches which are impossible to remove, BUT I blame the Council in the first place for selling off this land to such a man !!! You reap what you sow Council .......
The owner of this land is a nasty piece of work. He first wanted it for fishing, but this fell through thank God as he would have culled several mature trees. He has now blocked what has always been a right of way on this land with a great mound of tree branches which are impossible to remove, BUT I blame the Council in the first place for selling off this land to such a man !!! You reap what you sow Council ....... tarasmum
  • Score: 3

3:08pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Nick Tessla says...

Is the WG's position - pile of tyres bad, "entrepreneur" from Culcheth sticking up advertising leaflets where ever he wants good?
Is the WG's position - pile of tyres bad, "entrepreneur" from Culcheth sticking up advertising leaflets where ever he wants good? Nick Tessla
  • Score: 5

5:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

CANT WAIT ! for "mr landowner" to get FINED and BILLED !
CANT WAIT ! for "mr landowner" to get FINED and BILLED ! MAD 4 IT
  • Score: 2

10:11pm Thu 30 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

THAT LAND IS "WORTHLESS" !! WOULD HAVE TO BE BLIND ! TO BUY IT !
THAT LAND IS "WORTHLESS" !! WOULD HAVE TO BE BLIND ! TO BUY IT ! MAD 4 IT
  • Score: -1

10:13pm Thu 30 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

get your mobile advertising trailer "MOVED" ASWELL !!
get your mobile advertising trailer "MOVED" ASWELL !! MAD 4 IT
  • Score: 0

10:15pm Thu 30 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

think your advertising days will be numbered when the council hit you with a whopping FINE ! AND CONFISCATE your land !
think your advertising days will be numbered when the council hit you with a whopping FINE ! AND CONFISCATE your land ! MAD 4 IT
  • Score: 0

10:55pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Bewseylad says...

Getting tired of this
Getting tired of this Bewseylad
  • Score: 3

2:31am Fri 31 Jan 14

Trevbert says...

should be concentrating on the road!!
should be concentrating on the road!! Trevbert
  • Score: -1

7:30pm Mon 3 Feb 14

grey-area says...

Is it legal advice (as in the headline) or legal action (as in the comment) ?
Is it legal advice (as in the headline) or legal action (as in the comment) ? grey-area
  • Score: 2

12:44pm Tue 4 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Clr Tony Higgins (Fairfield and Howley - LAB) there are always several choices however the Council that you are a part of, always seem to resort to the least active and most costly retort to most issues or as often reported Warrington Borough Council does nothing at all, in my opinion.
Clr Tony Higgins (Fairfield and Howley - LAB) there are always several choices however the Council that you are a part of, always seem to resort to the least active and most costly retort to most issues or as often reported Warrington Borough Council does nothing at all, in my opinion. SAC_in_Warrington
  • Score: 0

9:20am Tue 11 Feb 14

turner prize says...

there are some very silly people on here and I assume MAD 4 IT who has posted on lots of sites about this has to much time on there hands whilst claiming benefits and watching the jeremy kyle repeats and making jam butties for their kids tea. I dont think they or anyone else making silly comments will get a job in advertizing. This is an excellent, legal and clever use of a recyleable product--would a metal or timber fence really look any better. this land owner is a brave poineer who is doing something before his time--this will be normal in 5 years time and I have been told it will be put forward for a national award. the land owner i am told is very wealthy, a local employer who had done a great deal in our community. i wonder how many of thiose boxes mad 4 it and the other moaners tick
there are some very silly people on here and I assume MAD 4 IT who has posted on lots of sites about this has to much time on there hands whilst claiming benefits and watching the jeremy kyle repeats and making jam butties for their kids tea. I dont think they or anyone else making silly comments will get a job in advertizing. This is an excellent, legal and clever use of a recyleable product--would a metal or timber fence really look any better. this land owner is a brave poineer who is doing something before his time--this will be normal in 5 years time and I have been told it will be put forward for a national award. the land owner i am told is very wealthy, a local employer who had done a great deal in our community. i wonder how many of thiose boxes mad 4 it and the other moaners tick turner prize
  • Score: 1

9:50am Tue 11 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

tarasmum wrote:
The owner of this land is a nasty piece of work. He first wanted it for fishing, but this fell through thank God as he would have culled several mature trees. He has now blocked what has always been a right of way on this land with a great mound of tree branches which are impossible to remove, BUT I blame the Council in the first place for selling off this land to such a man !!! You reap what you sow Council .......
There is no "Right of Way" signage on the site and never has been. Do you know that it is for certain? if you do know for certain then what is its reference number?
[quote][p][bold]tarasmum[/bold] wrote: The owner of this land is a nasty piece of work. He first wanted it for fishing, but this fell through thank God as he would have culled several mature trees. He has now blocked what has always been a right of way on this land with a great mound of tree branches which are impossible to remove, BUT I blame the Council in the first place for selling off this land to such a man !!! You reap what you sow Council .......[/p][/quote]There is no "Right of Way" signage on the site and never has been. Do you know that it is for certain? if you do know for certain then what is its reference number? SAC_in_Warrington
  • Score: 0

9:56am Tue 11 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Does the Landowner have the Inclosure Act 1854, on his side in this instance?
Does the Landowner have the Inclosure Act 1854, on his side in this instance? SAC_in_Warrington
  • Score: 0

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