The owner of a listed building in Belper has been fined for
knocking down part of the boundary wall at a Grade II listed former
church. Steven Pople of Shaftsbury Crescent in Derby appeared in
court for a second offence after being prosecuted in February for
failing to carry out essential works to the roof, gutters and
rainwater pipes of the former Pottery Methodist Church and
Schoolroom on Kilbourne Road in Belper.
The action relates to an offence committed in June 2008 and
follows warning letters and a formal notice to the owner asking him
to return the historic stone wall, which was partially demolished
to make way for a caravan, to its previous state.
Mr Pople pleaded guilty to the offence at Nottingham Crown Court
and was ordered to pay fines and costs of £2,765 for the
offence. This was in addition to the order in February by the
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court requiring him to pay £2,475
in fines and costs.
Assistant Director ( Planning and Regeneration) Derek
Stafford said " We will seek to protect the Borough's historic and
listed buildings. However, the works are still outstanding and if
the owner does not take action to comply with the notice, the
Council may carry out repairs itself and charge the owner for the
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