An Englishman's home
A couple in Somerset are refusing to demolish their bungalow near Taunton, despite a court ordering them to do so.
Richard and Linda Gosbee have been ordered to leave their house by midnight on Tuesday, after an extensive legal dispute with their local council.
Remember that a Judge ruled that Gypsies couldn't be evicted from their illegal homes:
Gypsies win human rights battle in the Court of Appeal - 5 October 2004
Lord Justice Wall said "The rights were to respect for the homes, which they had created - homes admittedly created in breach of planning laws,- he said. The council's "legitimate action" in issuing enforcement notices to get the families off the land was "an interference with those rights, and the question for the inspector was whether, under Article 8(2) the interference was justified and proportionate".
Of course I don't know the whole story but a pound to a penny the council are "mad, bad and dangerous to know" in exercising their rules - planners who needs them?
The destruction of someone's home is a huge and monstrous punishment - was their "crime" really that bad?
Someone ought to hold this bunch to account:
Sedgemoor District Council - Councillors
Cllr D. McGinty -
Conservative - East Poldens
The Barn, Moor Road, Sutton
Mallet, Bridgwater, Somerset
Tel: 01278 723208 - mobile:07802 706943
Email: Duncan.McGinty@Sedgemoor.gov.uk seems to be in charge of Planning, I think I will drop him a line.
I gather you are in charge of Sedgemoor's planners. I will also note that I'm not a local and don't know the full story. But I'm outraged that the council is using the courts to get a perfectly normal bungalow knocked down and ruining the owners lives - are you sure that "under Article 8(2) the interference (is) justified and proportionate".(To quote Lord Justice Wall)
It is drastic step to take - please think again!