Hefty Fine for Tearing Out Floor in a Grade II Listed Bingo Hall

Hefty Fine for Tearing Out Floor in a Grade II Listed Bingo Hall

Written by: Glo Wood on 12/04/2013 17:10

Tearing apart history can cost you as it has done for one business man in the UK. Franco Lumba, owner of FL Trading Limited, removed the floor of an old bingo hall and the move will cost him £75,000.

He plead guilty before the Crown Court on Monday for the destruction of the floor in the Grade II listed building between August 24 and October 26, 2010.

Lumba was given several warning prior to going ahead with the illegal destruction. Prosecutor, Richard Heller hurled accusation at the 45-year-old for not heading the warnings of officers.

Mr Heller said, “The entire floor had been reduced to rubble. The brick walls were noticeable in excess of one metre.

“The floor was an intrinsic part of the building. Even if restoration is achieved, because the floor has gone, the historical material from which it would be built would not be available anymore.

“Mr Lumba has made the site more open to development.

“Mr Lumba was warned on numerous occasions. These warnings were ignored.”

Lumba was not willing to meet with the Kingston Council planning officers and reportedly told officers that the council could prosecute him if needed.

Defense counsel, Philip Evans argued that Lumba’s actions were related to his dyslexia and difficulties reading and writing.

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