Owner fined after admitting damage to historic church

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 works."

For further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email luke.barrett@ambervalley.gov.uk

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