Barby Dashwood-Morris, a former Wealden planning committee chairman, who was fined after causing ‘irreversible changes’ to a Grade 2 listed building is no longer a district councillor.
A vacancy has been announced in the Chiddingly and East Hoathly Ward due to the “non-attendance of Barby Dashwood-Morris at any council or committee meetings over a successive six month period”.
Councillors are told in a bulletin: “This results in the immediate cessation of a councillor being a member of the authority under Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972.”
Barby Dashwood-Morris, of Priest House, Church Lane, Hellingly, was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £40,000 towards costs after appearing before the district judge at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on May 3.
She admitted six charges of causing works to be executed for the alteration of the Priest House, a Grade II listed building, without obtaining consent from the council.
Alan Proudfoot, of Goult in France, admitted four charges of making alterations to a listed building. He was fined £48,000 and ordered to pay £40,000 costs.
The council’s head of planning and environmental services, Kelvin Williams said at the time: “The changes to this important listed building came to light when the owners attempted to sell the property.
“Owners of historic properties should be aware of their responsibilities to the property and future generations. We will take action when necessary to protect the important heritage of our district.”
Barby Dashwood-Morris was chairman of Wealden Council’s planning committee south from 2011 to 2013. She was chairman of the council in the year 2015-16.
Read more about the court case on the Wealden Council website.
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