Eyesore hotel owner faces £15k bill

September 29 2020

THE owner of the former Linden Hotel in Kingswood has been fined more than £14,000 and ordered to pay £667 in costs at Bristol Magistrates’ Court for failing to ensure the building was maintained properly.

The Linden Hotel in Kingswood

M B Estate,  from Shirehampton, was prosecuted for failing to comply with a notice issued by South Gloucestershire Council requiring  improvements including repairs to all boarded-up windows and doors, the exterior render and the front canopy and repainting. 

The owner was found guilty of the same offence on 20 November, 2019,  which resulted in a £1000 fine.

South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for  the environment, Councillor Steve Reade, said: “The owners were provided with ample opportunity to make the necessary repairs and bring the exterior of the building up to the minimum required standard, but still failed to do so. 

"I am pleased that the courts have handed down such a hefty fine which I hope acts as a deterrent to others.

“Our future vision for Kingswood is ambitious and we are committed to re-vitalising the area as a cultural hub with an array of retail, residential, business and leisure options through the Love Our High Streets project, and our Future High Streets Fund bid.” 

The prosecution and fine were also welcomed by Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore.

He said: “Local residents deserve to be proud of where they live and those in our community who actively avoid their responsibilities and are complicit in bringing down the area around them should be held accountable.

“I am proud to be working with the Council and Government Ministers to improve our area where possible, as well as Mayor Tim Bowles and the West of England Combined Authority on our ambitious vision for improving the look and feel of Kingswood High Street, and will continue to campaign as further steps forward are made.”

• Anyone who has concerns over the poor external appearance of a building within South Gloucestershire can report it by calling on 01454 868004, or by visiting https://beta.southglos.gov.uk/report-a-planning-breach/