Fenland Council orders Chatteris businessman to remove fence that has been in place... for 28 years

PUBLISHED: 12:11 20 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:11 20 February 2014

Keith Maynard. Picture: Steve Williams.

Keith Maynard. Picture: Steve Williams.

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A fence that has been in place for 28 years was taken down after a landlord was told to remove it as part of a planning condition.

Chatteris fence removal enforcment notice. Picture: Steve Williams. Chatteris fence removal enforcment notice. Picture: Steve Williams.

The fence surrounding Britannia car wash, on the corner of New Road and High Street in Chatteris, was removed as part of a pledge by Fenland District Council to protect the character of the town’s conservation area.

Landlord Keith Maynard said he has owned the land for about 30 years and for 28 of those there has been a fence around the corner plot.

Mr Maynard said: “I don’t understand why it was asked to be removed in the first place.

“It has been there since 1986. It is planning gone mad. The trouble is it is now an open area and will probably be used by yobs.

Chatteris fence removal enforcment notice. Picture: Steve Williams. Chatteris fence removal enforcment notice. Picture: Steve Williams.

“We have to make good the area by putting in a flower bed with plants. The whole process of taking down and making good will cost about £3,000.”

In 2011 retrospective planning permission was granted for the car wash and as part of that condition he was asked to take down the fence because it was in the conservation area.

A council spokesman said retrospective planning was granted in August 2011 and as part of that there was a condition requiring removal of the fence within a month.

“On January 24 we sent a letter giving them 28 days to remove it. We were keen to avoid enforcement action,” he said.

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  • Having a metal fence with barbed wire around the top of it right in the middle of our town gave Chatteris the air of a prison exercise yard. I for one am glad it has gone. If conditions are attached to planning permission they should be observed and if ignored by the applicant they must be enforced what is the point of having a condition. If Mr Maynard can't understand why he was asked to remove it I can only think he must have a problem with his eye sight.

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    Vernon

    Friday, February 21, 2014

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