Fined Chingford builder to appeal his sentence

Brian Gage

Brian Gage

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A builder fined after finally admitting he flouted planning laws in a dispute with his neighbours dating back to the 1980s is to appeal his sentence.

Brian Gage, of Dale View Avenue, was described by a judge as a “thorough nuisance” as he fined him £500 for ignoring an enforcement notice issued in 2009 by Waltham Forest Council.

The 56-year-old was ordered to pay a further £1,000 in costs and was told he could no longer use the set of garages on his land as a home for his daughter by Judge Lewis at Thames Magistrates Court in November last year.

But the Guardian has discovered he has set a date to appeal his sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court on March 13.

Gordon Wilkinson, a member of Dale View Residents Association, who claims he and fellow members have spent thousands of pounds trying to bring Mr Gage to justice for 25 years, said he was surprised by the turn of events.

He added: “It’s ridiculous. We would’ve liked to see him told to demolish the garages so in our opinion he got off quite lightly.

“To launch an appeal and waste public money is not really on.”

The DVRA pushed for action against Gage for years but it was not until 2012 that the council prosecuted the builder for using the garages as a dwelling.

Gage appealed to the Planning Inspectorate over the order but it was upheld as his evidence was deemed unreliable.

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10:16am Thu 7 Feb 13

taff515 says...

Let's support his right to appeal but forget to tell him that there's a very fair chance that the Appeal Judges will agree with residents that he 'got off fairly lightly' and up the fine and costs very significantly
Let's support his right to appeal but forget to tell him that there's a very fair chance that the Appeal Judges will agree with residents that he 'got off fairly lightly' and up the fine and costs very significantly taff515
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10:17am Thu 7 Feb 13

hursthill says...

Gage looks a real charmer.
Fat & arrogant.
I wouldn't want him working for me.
HMRC should check his tax returns.
Gage looks a real charmer. Fat & arrogant. I wouldn't want him working for me. HMRC should check his tax returns. hursthill
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11:36am Thu 7 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

hursthill wrote:
Gage looks a real charmer.
Fat & arrogant.
I wouldn't want him working for me.
HMRC should check his tax returns.
Of course, we cannot tell what you look like and I wager you would not say that to his face.

There are sufficient means of reporting someone to HMRC but this forum is not one of them.

I find this gentleman to have a kindly face and charm. He is exercising his rights to appeal and any fines and decisions are a matter for people more qualified than you to judge.

Ultimately, what is he doing? Possibly breeching a few planning laws to provide for his family, is not claiming state handouts and is a hard working man. No doubt you would rather see him reliant on benefits and in a Council property. There are an awful lot of jealous people around who would do exactly the same if they had the knowledge, will power and guts to do what this chap has done.
[quote][p][bold]hursthill[/bold] wrote: Gage looks a real charmer. Fat & arrogant. I wouldn't want him working for me. HMRC should check his tax returns.[/p][/quote]Of course, we cannot tell what you look like and I wager you would not say that to his face. There are sufficient means of reporting someone to HMRC but this forum is not one of them. I find this gentleman to have a kindly face and charm. He is exercising his rights to appeal and any fines and decisions are a matter for people more qualified than you to judge. Ultimately, what is he doing? Possibly breeching a few planning laws to provide for his family, is not claiming state handouts and is a hard working man. No doubt you would rather see him reliant on benefits and in a Council property. There are an awful lot of jealous people around who would do exactly the same if they had the knowledge, will power and guts to do what this chap has done. Cornbeefur
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11:56am Thu 7 Feb 13

leyton_man says...

He should move into the mosque building business, looks like you can do whatever you like if you have friends in the council.
He should move into the mosque building business, looks like you can do whatever you like if you have friends in the council. leyton_man
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1:34pm Thu 7 Feb 13

fgdfsdf says...

hursthill wrote:
Gage looks a real charmer. Fat & arrogant. I wouldn't want him working for me. HMRC should check his tax returns.
More fool you then. Judging people by how they look often leads to the wrong conclusion. He could very well be the most kind and good hearted person on this planet. Unlike people that judge others.

Yes he is overweight, but why hold that against him. I would make the assumption that he works hard and in doing so doesn't exactly feel like going to the gym at the end of a full day on site. Generally builders (particularly if they are self employed and have to not only do the physical work, but also the marketing, site visits for estimates, pricing, being their own PA and book keeper, project manager, buyer, etc) get up and leave for work at about 6am. That said they are generally quite hungry by the time they get their breakfast at 10am (which if you are an office or any other type of worker would of already had at 7am before you nice late start of 9am and your tea break at 10am). So being quite hungry they tend to think with their stomachs and not their brain in choosing meals in the cafe.

Arrogant - I'm not sure this can be argued against because of his long running disregard of the planning laws. But who is he really hurting?

Not having him work for you - perhaps he wouldn't want to work for such a mean spirited person as yourself. Builders have feelings too. And trust me they need to have a degree in diplomacy when working with clients, that moan about the cost of the job whilst wanting a Rolls Royce job for Robin Reliant money. And then don't pay on time.

Tax returns - I would just say don't judge others by your own standards!
[quote][p][bold]hursthill[/bold] wrote: Gage looks a real charmer. Fat & arrogant. I wouldn't want him working for me. HMRC should check his tax returns.[/p][/quote]More fool you then. Judging people by how they look often leads to the wrong conclusion. He could very well be the most kind and good hearted person on this planet. Unlike people that judge others. Yes he is overweight, but why hold that against him. I would make the assumption that he works hard and in doing so doesn't exactly feel like going to the gym at the end of a full day on site. Generally builders (particularly if they are self employed and have to not only do the physical work, but also the marketing, site visits for estimates, pricing, being their own PA and book keeper, project manager, buyer, etc) get up and leave for work at about 6am. That said they are generally quite hungry by the time they get their breakfast at 10am (which if you are an office or any other type of worker would of already had at 7am before you nice late start of 9am and your tea break at 10am). So being quite hungry they tend to think with their stomachs and not their brain in choosing meals in the cafe. Arrogant - I'm not sure this can be argued against because of his long running disregard of the planning laws. But who is he really hurting? Not having him work for you - perhaps he wouldn't want to work for such a mean spirited person as yourself. Builders have feelings too. And trust me they need to have a degree in diplomacy when working with clients, that moan about the cost of the job whilst wanting a Rolls Royce job for Robin Reliant money. And then don't pay on time. Tax returns - I would just say don't judge others by your own standards! fgdfsdf
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2:07pm Thu 7 Feb 13

NDevoto says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
hursthill wrote:
Gage looks a real charmer.
Fat & arrogant.
I wouldn't want him working for me.
HMRC should check his tax returns.
Of course, we cannot tell what you look like and I wager you would not say that to his face.

There are sufficient means of reporting someone to HMRC but this forum is not one of them.

I find this gentleman to have a kindly face and charm. He is exercising his rights to appeal and any fines and decisions are a matter for people more qualified than you to judge.

Ultimately, what is he doing? Possibly breeching a few planning laws to provide for his family, is not claiming state handouts and is a hard working man. No doubt you would rather see him reliant on benefits and in a Council property. There are an awful lot of jealous people around who would do exactly the same if they had the knowledge, will power and guts to do what this chap has done.
Still trolling on this one?
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hursthill[/bold] wrote: Gage looks a real charmer. Fat & arrogant. I wouldn't want him working for me. HMRC should check his tax returns.[/p][/quote]Of course, we cannot tell what you look like and I wager you would not say that to his face. There are sufficient means of reporting someone to HMRC but this forum is not one of them. I find this gentleman to have a kindly face and charm. He is exercising his rights to appeal and any fines and decisions are a matter for people more qualified than you to judge. Ultimately, what is he doing? Possibly breeching a few planning laws to provide for his family, is not claiming state handouts and is a hard working man. No doubt you would rather see him reliant on benefits and in a Council property. There are an awful lot of jealous people around who would do exactly the same if they had the knowledge, will power and guts to do what this chap has done.[/p][/quote]Still trolling on this one? NDevoto
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3:27pm Thu 7 Feb 13

TTMAN says...

Tomorrow I will start the dig of foundations for the dwelling in my back garden. My cousins are looking for a roof over their heads and Corny says it will be ok. No chance of the council taking me to court, well not for 20 years anyway.
Tomorrow I will start the dig of foundations for the dwelling in my back garden. My cousins are looking for a roof over their heads and Corny says it will be ok. No chance of the council taking me to court, well not for 20 years anyway. TTMAN
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