Council gearing up to “throw the book” at owners after pub demolition
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Councillors have warned they are ready to “throw the book” at owners who demolished a much-loved pub in Kilburn without prior warning or planning permission.
Residents in Kilburn reacted with shock when company CLTX bulldozed the Carlton Tavern in Carlton Vale on April 8 despite the council rejecting their application to knock it down to make way for a new pub and first-floor flats.
Deputy Leader of Westminster Council Robert Davis said: “We want to throw the book at them.”
A spokesman also confirmed that the Council was taking advice on their legal position in this “unprecedented” case and expects to confirm a chosen course of action within two to three weeks.
The demolition, which was carried out by Golders Green based firm S&S quality building contractors, took place after owners CLTX told landlady Patsy Lord they were temporarily closing the pub for an “inventory”.
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Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive said they were making “inital inquiries” into whether correct safety guidelines were followed.
The Brent & Kilburn Times contacted S&S building contractors but they declined to comment.
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Equipment hire company Lynch, who loaned two bulldozers to S&S to carry out the demolition issued a statement saying: “The machinery used on the site was operated by S&S Quality Building Contractors Ltd, who had responsibility for health and safety on the Carlton Tavern site.”
“Upon learning on 8 April that the work being carried out was potentially unauthorised, we immediately removed our equipment from the site, and are urgently seeking assurances from S&S Quality Building Contractors Ltd.”