Friday, 27 May 2011

Something Even More Curious Than The Defendant's Name...

A man has been convicted of ignoring council orders to demolish a cottage he built without permission.
But leading councillors from the authority that prosecuted him say they will not force him to knock it down.
I guess they figure with a name like that, the poor sod has suffered enough…

You've gotta be kidding me....

…Peter Halliday, Tendring Council’s deputy leader and councillor responsible for finance, said the case against Moonflower was built on technicalities and should never have reached court.
He added: “Neither me, nor council leader Neil Stock, are in the business of pulling down people’s homes. Both of us will be looking at positive ways forward to ensure Mr Moonflower does not end up without a house.
“We will be doing everything we can to ensure it remains standing.
I fully understand the court’s position and the enforcement notice is factually correct. But morally, has the man done anything wrong?
“We don’t think so. He has been caught out by a technicality. It has gone on for 11 years and that’s unacceptable.
“We possibly should have stopped him while he was building it. Are we really going to knock his house down and make him part of the housing issue? No.”
Curiouser and curiouser...

10 comments:

Michael Fowke said...

Yeah, he looks like your typical hippy.

Captain Haddock said...

Just watch every Pikey in Britain start changing their names by deed-poll .. ;)

Nightwatchstate said...

We are all Zippy Moonflowers.

Shinar's Basket Case said...

I fail to see anything amusing about this poor man's name nor those of this brothers 'George' and 'Bungle'.

-Mr Carebear Stardust

Ed P said...

Which one of the two blokes pictured is the "wife"?

English Viking said...

The poor bloke has obviously suffered enough. His 'missus' is obviously the love-child of Martina Navratilova and Tommy Cooper.

Bucko said...

Zippy Moonflower? Haaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ahhh

What was the story about again?

Brian said...

Isn't planning law just a collection of technicalities? Can't the same be said for all law? It would appear that the planning department has just willed itself out of existence in a fit of laisser-faire self-doubt.

Angry Exile said...

A local council not taking the opportunity to wield its power because the who'd be on the receiving end hasn't actually done anything that harms anyone else? What the hell's going on?

JuliaM said...

"Which one of the two blokes pictured is the "wife"?"

They make a good couple....

"Zippy Moonflower? Haaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ahhh

What was the story about again?"


Heh! That was pretty much my reaction too...

"What the hell's going on?"

I'm guessing Masons...