Huge fine after pub ignores council and court

Whickham House pub

The operator of a Gateshead pub is facing a bill of more than £51,000 after ignoring demands to remove an illegal advertisement on his building.

Mark Garry, director of G Leisure which owns the Whickham House pub on Bensham Bank, was convicted in February last year for displaying an illegal advertisement on the gable of his pub. But despite that conviction the sign remained in place.

Now, after being brought back to court by Gateshead Council, magistrates decided to fine him £250 for every single day that the sign was on display following his conviction totalling £50,750.

The sign, which was put up without planning permission, had been reported to Gateshead Council in August 2017 and efforts were then made to get Mr Garry to remove it. He declined to do so and in November 2017 he submitted an application for planning permission which was refused.

Despite being refused planning permission, Mr Garry failed to remove the sign and Gateshead Council was forced to prosecute him for illegally displaying an advertisement. When the matter came to court, magistrates agreed with the Council and fined Mr Garry £1,000 in his absence.

However, the advertisement remained in place.

By September 2018, Gateshead Council began legal proceedings against Mr Garry for displaying an illegal advertisement. Mr Garry then removed the advert, but the offence had already been committed and legal proceedings continued.

In January 2019, Gateshead Magistrates' Court found Mr Garry guilty, again in his absence, and fined him £50,750. He was also ordered to pay costs of £336 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection at Gateshead Council, said:

"All businesses have a duty to operate within the law and the Council takes a serious view of those who choose to ignore their responsibilities. Mr Garry refused to engage with the Council for a long time, did not acknowledge the planning decision and then ignored the decision of the Court and this penalty reflects his disregard for those authorities."

 

 

06 February 2019

The operator of a Gateshead pub is facing a bill of more than £51,000 after ignoring demands to remove an illegal advertisement on his building.

Mark Garry, director of G Leisure which owns the Whickham House pub on Bensham Bank, was convicted in February last year for displaying an illegal advertisement on the gable of his pub. But despite that conviction the sign remained in place.

Now, after being brought back to court by Gateshead Council, magistrates decided to fine him £250 for every single day that the sign was on display following his conviction totalling £50,750.

The sign, which was put up without planning permission, had been reported to Gateshead Council in August 2017 and efforts were then made to get Mr Garry to remove it. He declined to do so and in November 2017 he submitted an application for planning permission which was refused.

Despite being refused planning permission, Mr Garry failed to remove the sign and Gateshead Council was forced to prosecute him for illegally displaying an advertisement. When the matter came to court, magistrates agreed with the Council and fined Mr Garry £1,000 in his absence.

However, the advertisement remained in place.

By September 2018, Gateshead Council began legal proceedings against Mr Garry for displaying an illegal advertisement. Mr Garry then removed the advert, but the offence had already been committed and legal proceedings continued.

In January 2019, Gateshead Magistrates' Court found Mr Garry guilty, again in his absence, and fined him £50,750. He was also ordered to pay costs of £336 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection at Gateshead Council, said:

"All businesses have a duty to operate within the law and the Council takes a serious view of those who choose to ignore their responsibilities. Mr Garry refused to engage with the Council for a long time, did not acknowledge the planning decision and then ignored the decision of the Court and this penalty reflects his disregard for those authorities."

 

 

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