Worthing landlord prosecuted

A landlord of a Worthing pub has been prosecuted for failing to comply with an enforcement notice that prevented him from selling vehicles.

David Stocken, landlord of The Dolphin Pub, in Dominion Road, was prosecuted after an enforcement notice was served to him, requiring him to cease the use of the land for the sale of vehicles, the storage of, repair, preparation and display of vehicles for sale.

He was sentenced at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Monday,December 17, after he entered a guilty plea to failing to comply with the enforcement notice.

The District Judge took details of his estimated earnings from selling cars in breach of the enforcement notice, his debts and current income.

The District Judge was told the pub was not a “viable” business and Stocken was struggling financially.

However, the Judge said he would be less lenient on Stocken if he saw him in court again for failing to comply with the notice.

Stocken was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £400 costs and pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Gary Peck, planning services manager for Worthing Borough Council, said: “The council is pleased the Judge recognised the harm to the character of the area that was caused by the unauthorised uses on the site. “Breaches of planning control are taken very seriously by the council and it will continue to take effective enforcement action when it is justifiable for sound planning reasons, as was the case in this instance.”