Dawn Reynolds Archive

Fly tipping: time to crack down

In February this year a football ground in Greenford, owned by the London Playing Fields Foundation, was broken into and tonnes of waste dumped on the pitch over a ten-day period, during which time the intruders claimed squatters’ rights and caused over £100,000 of damage. Although the police were called out a number of times they were unable to take enforcement action and the charity had to pursue court action in order to secure their eviction. They were then faced with the unpleasant and expensive task of legally removing the waste.

Business Rates: Good news for developers

On 1 March, the Supreme Court overturned the previous judgment by the Court of Appeal in the case of Newbigin v Monk. This will be welcome news to developers who are either in the process of redeveloping, or who have recently redeveloped, an office building which was not capable of occupation.
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