A millionaire property developer accused of ‘wanton vandalism’ of a historic pub has been ordered to revive it to its former glory.
Charlie Southall, who additionally works as a photographer, purchased the 150-year-old Montreal Arms in Brighton after it closed throughout lockdown.
After buying the property ‘on a whim’ he briefly supplied it to deal with Ukrainians, however backtracked after individuals questioned his motives when he began a fundraiser for £85,000.
Then the 43-year-old employed a group of builders and hacked off the glazed inexperienced tiles from the entrance of the domestically listed pub.
Residents and councillors have been livid and branded the developer a ‘vandal’ and a ‘spoilt baby.’
The council issued an emergency cease order to forestall additional injury to the heritage tiles.
Charlie Southall (pictured), 43, was branded a vandal by residents and ordered by the council to revive the Brighton pub he owns after he had historic inexperienced tiles hacked off (pictured handing out a leaflet whereas the tiles are being eliminated)
The Montreal Arms in Brighton had a 3rd of its historic inexperienced tiles drilled of by the brand new property proprietor earlier than the council was in a position to cease it
The constructing (pictured in 2020) had been a pub for 150 years, with the tiles courting again to the Nineteen Twenties, till it closed in the course of the pandemic
The pub was constructed throughout a growth interval of Victorian building in Brighton within the 1870s and was the centre of a bustling neighborhood.
The tiles date from round 1927 when work was carried out following the merger of the Portsmouth United brewery and Brighton’s Rock brewery.
Inexperienced MP Caroline Lucas stated: ‘That is horrible. Utter vandalism of gorgeous Montreal Arms in my Brighton constituency. This positively can’t go unchallenged.’
Resident Ruth Boyd stated: ‘The truth that he’s chosen to assault the vintage tiles, essentially the most seen a part of the constructing, appears like a petty and bitter assault on the neighborhood.’
James Elliott stated: ‘That is simply wanton vandalism. He has tried to destroy the historical past and worth of the pub in order that he can push by means of no matter plans he has for the constructing.’
Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas denounced the ‘vandalism’ of the pub
Mr Southall, who additionally runs Dragonfly Digital Video Companies, purchased the pub after it was put up on the market for £450,000 following its closure in the course of the Covid lockdown.
9 days after accumulating the keys, he determined to supply it to be used as a free co-living house for refugee girls and kids fleeing the battle in Ukraine.
However when the property developer requested the area people to crowdfund a £85,000 renovation residents started to query his motives.
In a heated exchanged throughout a public assembly, residents accused him of providing the property as lodging for refugees as a way to push by means of a change of use with metropolis planners.
Days later Mr Southall withdrew his supply, in a video he stated: ‘Some have been private assaults. Some even tried to assert I used to be rotten on the core and, you understand what, it labored.
He added: ‘I’m asserting at present this venture is not going to be going forward. It’s over. There gained’t be any girls or kids refugees in that outdated pub.
‘I feel some individuals must take a step again and take a look at what they’ve accomplished.’
Quickly after a group of builders arrived exterior the pub with a drill and proceeded to take away the glazed tiles from the outside.
Livid residents gathered on the street and tried to cease the builders eradicating any extra tiles and, amid indignant scenes, the police have been referred to as.
In simply over six hours, the group drilled off round one third of the listed inexperienced tiles earlier than the council ordered issued an emergency cease order.
The intensive injury might value many 1000’s if Mr Southall is required to exchange them
Now Mr Southall has been hit with an enforcement discover ordering him to reinstate all of the tiles to the unique situation.
Resident Harry Magee stated: ‘The tiles are referred to as inexperienced faize tiles. They mirror totally different colors from totally different angles and are product of lead dyes.
‘Each might be handmade, a few of the troublesome nook ones will work out at a £1,000 every! This job goes to value the minimal of £90,000.’
Resident, Martha Gunn, stated: ‘This depredation should be repaired correctly and the unique wonderful element restored. I’m at a loss to grasp how anybody might have dedicated this act of vandalism?’
James Elliott stated: ‘Individuals have been rightly involved in regards to the long-term plans for the constructing however when he was challenged he bought very indignant. ‘Then he turned up with some guys armed with an almighty drill and proceeded to spoil a pub that has stood right here for 150 years. He’s an absolute shame and he’s behaved like a spoilt baby.’
A spokesman for Brighton and Hove Metropolis Council stated: ‘The Montreal Arms is a domestically listed constructing. Because of this is has been recognized as a heritage asset that it necessary to the native space and its individuals.
‘The enforcement discover requires the reinstatement of glazed ceramic tiles to all elevations the place they’ve been eliminated or broken as a consequence of the unauthorised work. The timescale for compliance is one 12 months.’
Now an enchantment has been lodged towards an enforcement discover requiring the alternative of the historic inexperienced tiles – which successfully places that deadline on maintain till a planning inspector has their say.
In a press release Mr Southall, of Brighton, blamed the earlier proprietor for damaging the inexperienced tiles past restore. He stated that because the pub was solely ‘domestically’ listed constructing he didn’t want to use for listed constructing consent to vary the property.
He added: ‘The brand new property proprietor has precisely the identical permitted improvement rights as every other property proprietor within the space, and it’s solely lawful for exterior options to be altered or eliminated. It is a privately owned property.’
He requested residents: ‘Please respect the authorized rights of the present property proprietor.’