Owners of dilapidated building fined after Council takes them to court

The owners of a dilapidated building next to Trafford Town Hall have been fined after Trafford Council took them to court for failing to take any action over it.

The Council issued a notice under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act requiring the owners of Charlton House to either repair the building or demolish it. The notice was issued in January 2020 and the owners of the building, on Chester Road, have done nothing since.

As a result, Mastcraft Limited were found guilty at Manchester Magistrates Court of failing to comply with the notice and were fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £750 and a victim surcharge of £100.

Continuing failure to comply with the notice could result in a further prosecution and daily fines of £100 per day for every day following this conviction. The Council can also carry out the work in default and recover its costs.

Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “Charlton House is in an absolutely shocking state and the council were totally justified to take the owners to court.

“This building has basically been left to rot and is a huge eyesore for the area. We will continue to press the owners to either repair or knock down this building.”  

Posted on Tuesday 8th November 2022