Brothers' golf club row goes to court as county threatens to seize assets

Brothers Mick and Ron Wyatt

Brothers Mick and Ron Wyatt

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TWO golf club owners who were jailed over the extension of their course are returning to court to battle with Oxfordshire County Council.

The Wyatt brothers face having their assets taken away in their dispute with the local authority.

Waste material from the construction of the M40 services was used to extend the brothers’ course at Waterstock Golf Club, near Wheatley, in the 1990s.

Officials at the county council claim the brothers, Mick and Ron, did not have the correct permission to use the waste.

The authority also claims the brothers, aged 76 and 72 respectively, have done nothing to remove the waste, despite them being sent to prison over it.

Now Oxfordshire County Council is seeking a court date for taking possession of some of their assets.

That would pay for the authority to do the work itself.

The council would then have to head in and reclaim the waste, which now forms the basis of a golf course.

Ron Wyatt, who spent three months in prison, said: “There is no waste on the site that we brought on to it. I don’t think it is in the public interest for the council to pursue this. It will mean ripping up a site that has been very well manicured.

“Applying to sequester our assets is not very nice and unnecessary.”

The council says the brothers should have sought permission from it before carrying out the extension work.

It was in 1998 that the brothers received a first injunction ordering them to clear the waste.

After no work was carried out, a High Court order was issued in 2005.

In December 2012, the two brothers appeared at the Court of Appeal in London in a final attempt to avoid jail.

But a panel of three High Court judges found in favour of the county council and the pair were sent to prison.

The brothers are expecting to appear in court again in June or July, when a judge will decide if the county council can take hold of their assets.

County council spokesman Paul Smith said: “The council is keen for the Wyatts to remove the waste. They have taken no steps to do so in contravention of the injunction and despite receiving custodial sentences.

“We have applied for sequestration of their assets. This will enable money to be raised to pay for the waste removal by ourselves. The Wyatts object to that process and the court is considering their objections.”

The Oxford Mail asked Mr Smith how much money the council was seeking to recover from the Wyatts’ assets to pay for the work, but he did not respond.

Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for planning permission, relating to the management of waste and the extraction of minerals.

 

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10:44am Wed 21 May 14

Canismajoris says...

In other news...... hundreds of sheds in Oxford are illegally converted to bedsits and the councils action on this is..................
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In other news...... hundreds of sheds in Oxford are illegally converted to bedsits and the councils action on this is.................. ................? Canismajoris
  • Score: 15

10:50am Wed 21 May 14

icba1957 says...

Canismajoris wrote:
In other news...... hundreds of sheds in Oxford are illegally converted to bedsits and the councils action on this is..................

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Really? Any proof of that?
[quote][p][bold]Canismajoris[/bold] wrote: In other news...... hundreds of sheds in Oxford are illegally converted to bedsits and the councils action on this is.................. ................?[/p][/quote]Really? Any proof of that? icba1957
  • Score: 1

11:05am Wed 21 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

I wonder how many miles of roads could've been resurfaced with the money that's been spent on this unnecessary fiasco.
I wonder how many miles of roads could've been resurfaced with the money that's been spent on this unnecessary fiasco. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 15

1:22pm Wed 21 May 14

Whitto says...

Canismajoris wrote:
In other news...... hundreds of sheds in Oxford are illegally converted to bedsits and the councils action on this is..................

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Erm: http://www.oxfordmai
l.co.uk/news/1107583
9.Council_squad_to_t
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[quote][p][bold]Canismajoris[/bold] wrote: In other news...... hundreds of sheds in Oxford are illegally converted to bedsits and the councils action on this is.................. ................?[/p][/quote]Erm: http://www.oxfordmai l.co.uk/news/1107583 9.Council_squad_to_t ackle____beds_in_she ds____housing/ Whitto
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3:56pm Wed 21 May 14

deedee444 says...

icba1957 wrote:
Canismajoris wrote:
In other news...... hundreds of sheds in Oxford are illegally converted to bedsits and the councils action on this is..................


................?
Really? Any proof of that?
Wonder what happened to the "Asian" family that was recently reported in the mail......wonder if they demolished the shed conversion as ordered...wish the oxford fail would update sometimes.
[quote][p][bold]icba1957[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Canismajoris[/bold] wrote: In other news...... hundreds of sheds in Oxford are illegally converted to bedsits and the councils action on this is.................. ................?[/p][/quote]Really? Any proof of that?[/p][/quote]Wonder what happened to the "Asian" family that was recently reported in the mail......wonder if they demolished the shed conversion as ordered...wish the oxford fail would update sometimes. deedee444
  • Score: 6

4:31pm Wed 21 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Canismajoris wrote:
In other news...... hundreds of sheds in Oxford are illegally converted to bedsits and the councils action on this is..................

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Different council issue, this story relates to county. The city council looks after dodgy bedsits in gardens.
[quote][p][bold]Canismajoris[/bold] wrote: In other news...... hundreds of sheds in Oxford are illegally converted to bedsits and the councils action on this is.................. ................?[/p][/quote]Different council issue, this story relates to county. The city council looks after dodgy bedsits in gardens. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

6:39pm Wed 21 May 14

Vocman says...

what are the odds that once the County Council seize the golf course they give themselves permission to leave the "waste" on site?
This will give them valuable land near to the M40 which they could further develop.
Something stinks about the council's dogged persuit of the Wyatt's when other golf courses were allowed to keep the same soil, which they had used in the same way. Why the Wyatt's and no-one else?
what are the odds that once the County Council seize the golf course they give themselves permission to leave the "waste" on site? This will give them valuable land near to the M40 which they could further develop. Something stinks about the council's dogged persuit of the Wyatt's when other golf courses were allowed to keep the same soil, which they had used in the same way. Why the Wyatt's and no-one else? Vocman
  • Score: 14

11:10pm Wed 21 May 14

hawk_eye says...

Its clear to see that the Oxfordshire ''County Counci sayl are prosecuting the Wyatt's because they say they never got permission to place inert soil waste on to land which had an outline permission for golf. It is fact that the Wyatt's have removed all of the waste soil that they brought onto the site and the County Council have all of the waste transfer notes to prove this fact. Oxfordshire County Council Enforcement and planning Officers have confirmed this fact.
What is unclear is why the County Council have not prosecuted the Oxford City Council who have tipped 2,500 tonnes of contaminated waste into the former pools at Hinksey Park Members of the public should know that the City Council carried this work out in November 2013 WITHOUT PLANNING PERMISSION and the County Council are fully aware of what has taken place,they have allowed the City Council to carry out this unlawful act by suggesting that the City Council Can act as the waste authority "in this instance" and give themselves permission! How corrupt have both the City and County Council's become? When is this going to be reported by the Oxford Mail the editor is fully aware of what has taken place?
Its clear to see that the Oxfordshire ''County Counci sayl are prosecuting the Wyatt's because they say they never got permission to place inert soil waste on to land which had an outline permission for golf. It is fact that the Wyatt's have removed all of the waste soil that they brought onto the site and the County Council have all of the waste transfer notes to prove this fact. Oxfordshire County Council Enforcement and planning Officers have confirmed this fact. What is unclear is why the County Council have not prosecuted the Oxford City Council who have tipped 2,500 tonnes of contaminated waste into the former pools at Hinksey Park Members of the public should know that the City Council carried this work out in November 2013 WITHOUT PLANNING PERMISSION and the County Council are fully aware of what has taken place,they have allowed the City Council to carry out this unlawful act by suggesting that the City Council Can act as the waste authority "in this instance" and give themselves permission! How corrupt have both the City and County Council's become? When is this going to be reported by the Oxford Mail the editor is fully aware of what has taken place? hawk_eye
  • Score: 13

5:05am Thu 22 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Now there's a 'vipers nest' if true - City Council in collusion with regard to the dumping of contaminated waste! Surely, if true, this is a much stronger storyline than the supposedly 'illegal' activities of this golf club? It would also bring to public attention what has been thought for many years about what local authorities get away with - especially rumours about planning. As for 'self regulation' it seems obvious (from banking to energy supply) that self regulation often works against the public interest. It's also interesting to hear the rumours over the years about local authority planners alegedly using their powers to grant or deny planning permission for theor own ends - such as trying to force developers to include 'social housing' quotas, or allow building development which isn't always in the public interest.
Now there's a 'vipers nest' if true - City Council in collusion with regard to the dumping of contaminated waste! Surely, if true, this is a much stronger storyline than the supposedly 'illegal' activities of this golf club? It would also bring to public attention what has been thought for many years about what local authorities get away with - especially rumours about planning. As for 'self regulation' it seems obvious (from banking to energy supply) that self regulation often works against the public interest. It's also interesting to hear the rumours over the years about local authority planners alegedly using their powers to grant or deny planning permission for theor own ends - such as trying to force developers to include 'social housing' quotas, or allow building development which isn't always in the public interest. Myron Blatz
  • Score: 8

10:01am Fri 23 May 14

DOGGYDAY says...

This is just a disgusting waste of our public funds. Harassing two elderly men who have done nothing wrong.

I would love to know exactly how much this has cost US as residents. Perhaps the dodgy council workers who falsified the documents and plans originally would like to pay us back so we can have some pot holes fixed or our children can have a bus ride FOC to school!
This is just a disgusting waste of our public funds. Harassing two elderly men who have done nothing wrong. I would love to know exactly how much this has cost US as residents. Perhaps the dodgy council workers who falsified the documents and plans originally would like to pay us back so we can have some pot holes fixed or our children can have a bus ride FOC to school! DOGGYDAY
  • Score: 1

10:19am Fri 23 May 14

Jennybear001 says...

This whole fiasco does not make sense. Let's think about this logically:-

Why would the Wyatts spend all the money they have worked hard for over many years on court costs?

Answer: Because they believe in justice, fairness and honesty.

It would have been far cheaper for them to give in to OCC's ridiculous requests. Problem was the 'waste' has been removed and even OCC cannot advise the Wyatts where they allege this to be.

Are we as good citizens of Oxford and Oxfordshire going to allow OCC to take away the Wyatt's family home. They've already instigated action which sent them both to prison on falsified plans.

Please, please can somebody somewhere right this huge injustice :-((
This whole fiasco does not make sense. Let's think about this logically:- Why would the Wyatts spend all the money they have worked hard for over many years on court costs? Answer: Because they believe in justice, fairness and honesty. It would have been far cheaper for them to give in to OCC's ridiculous requests. Problem was the 'waste' has been removed and even OCC cannot advise the Wyatts where they allege this to be. Are we as good citizens of Oxford and Oxfordshire going to allow OCC to take away the Wyatt's family home. They've already instigated action which sent them both to prison on falsified plans. Please, please can somebody somewhere right this huge injustice :-(( Jennybear001
  • Score: 2

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