Successful Building Control prosecutions in South Gloucestershire
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South Gloucestershire Council has prosecuted the directors of a kitchen company for breaching building regulations, and a developer for carrying out unauthorised building work.
Danny Sivyer and Phillip Irwin, directors of All-in-one Kitchens Limited, based in Two Mile Hill, Kingswood, pleaded guilty to three offences concerning electrical works. The offences related to unsafe electrical work that was carried out on a house situated at the The Land, Coalpit Heath in 2014.
The case was heard at Yate Magistrates’ Court, where the judge took a very serious view of the offences. He initially suggested imposing the maximum penalty available in the magistrates’ court but gave credit for the early guilty plea of the defendants. Fines and costs were awarded against the business of over £2500. The case was heard on 12 March 2015.
More recently a developer Mr Dulay of Gloucester Road, Rudgeway was prosecuted at Yate magistrates on two separate occasions for breaches of building regulations relating to an extension built without the relevant building regulations permission in Stanley Road Filton. Mr Dulay was found guilty in his absence on both occasions and fines and costs were awarded to the value of over £6000. The cases were heard on 14 May and previously on 17 December 2014.
Andy Clark, South Gloucestershire Council’s Building Control Manager, said: “I am delighted with the outcome of these court cases. This result comes off the back of a lot of hard work by officers at South Gloucestershire Council to crack down on dishonest builders and developers who flout the regulations that are there to protect people in their homes. It also demonstrates our commitment to deal with rogue traders who may be taking business away from genuine local traders.
“We have made five prosecutions in the last 24 months for breaches of building regulations which makes South Gloucestershire Council’s Building Control team one of the most proactive in the country.”
The building control process exists to make sure that buildings are properly designed and constructed. This is to ensure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of people using them. For more info visit www.southglos.gov.uk/buildingcontrol
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