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Prosecution leads to building safety warning

PR 47811th October 2005

Failure to obtain approval for building work on your home can have very serious consequences - that's the message from Three Rivers District Council this week, as a South Oxhey resident was successfully prosecuted for failing to comply with building regulations.

The resident was found guilty at Hemel Hempstead Magistrates Court on 4 October, fined £1000 and ordered to pay £1000 costs. In addition, if the regulations continue to be flouted the resident could face a fine of up to £50 for each day it continues.

The resident had carried out extensive building work on their home without obtaining Building Regulations approval from the Council; in addition, the resident failed to allow Council officers to inspect the works to determine if they were safe.

Councillor Martin Trevett, Environment portfolio holder, said:

"We hope that this sends the message to residents that we will take swift action where building regulations have not been complied with - failure to do so is a very serious matter. Safety is absolutely essential when carrying out any building works on your home, and it is in residents interests to ensure they have building regulations approval to keep their home, themselves and their families safe."

Local residents with any queries about building regulations can contact the Council on 01923 776611.