This is what 66 Timberdine Avenue SHOULD look like

Worcester News: This is what 66 Timberdine Avenue SHOULD look like This is what 66 Timberdine Avenue SHOULD look like

IT looks like a palace fit for a king - as these images show what Councillor Allah Ditta's Worcester property development SHOULD be looking like.

With six bedrooms, two lounges, two main halls, a swimming pool, jacuzzi and even a sauna it appears a true paradise.

It's a far cry from the state of 66 Timberdine Avenue today, which stands a crumbling wreck after Worcester City Council threatened to demolish it due to April's building work making it temporarily unsafe.

The drawings, which have no name attached to them, were approved by the council's planning committee one year ago, aimed at converting the elegant three-bed house in Battenhall into a mini mansion.

The release of the pictures came as Cllr Ditta claimed the property was "falling down anyway" and insisted the story has only hit the headlines due to pre-election mischief making.

Yet another resident came forward to slam the current state of the house yesterday - saying drivers heading down Timberdine Avenue keep on stopping to stare at its condition.

As your Worcester News first revealed on Wednesday, the property is owned by Cllr Ditta's daughter Parlen Akhtar, but the former city mayor has been spotted working on it himself and is considered the developer by the council.

In the last year, since planning permission was granted the council has already got one court order forcing him to make it safe after the foundations became dangerously overloaded, and only last month threatened to demolish the entire building unless he took immediate action to secure it.

A supporting wall, the roof and entire back of the house has been torn down to make it safe.

Cllr Ditta said: "Obviously it's a building site and when it's a construction site it's not going to look pretty.

"That's the whole idea. It was falling down anyway, which is why it had to be underpinned."

Ken Tolley, 77, who lives two doors down from the house, said: "He’s tried to double the size of the house but it has turned into a complete disaster.

"He’s torn the roof down, demolished walls all the way up and it looks like a bomb has hit it.

"Now it is just a couple of brick walls - it is a complete mess.

"Cars slow down to stare when they drive down the street because it looks so bad.

"Now it is just a horrible eyesore sitting on the street - something needs to be done with it."

The planning permission granted last year was for a two-storey front and back extension, a lower ground floor and a side and back balcony The city council says enforcement experts are keeping a close watch on it.

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3:34pm Fri 2 May 14

brooksider says...

Is Ditta that stupid to think it is ok to leave the building in a dangerous condition?
Didn't he leave a great big hole unguarded?
And what idiot was burning firewood in the chimney last December and caused the roof to catch fire?
Is Ditta that stupid to think it is ok to leave the building in a dangerous condition? Didn't he leave a great big hole unguarded? And what idiot was burning firewood in the chimney last December and caused the roof to catch fire? brooksider
  • Score: 27

5:48pm Fri 2 May 14

Doogie 46 says...

I seem to remember that when this house was last sold, it was a decent property in need of a bit of TLC. I walk up Timberdine Avenue regularly and over a period of time have been amazed at the apparent ineptitude of whoever was working on the site - each time I passed this house it seemed to have been edged closer to total collapse.
I have never seen anyone on site who appeared to be a "proper" builder - it just seemed to somebody having fun with a mini digger without a clue what they were doing.
Perhaps the council planners should insist the property be rebuilt to the condition it was in when purchased and take the extentions in hand.
I believe there is a property a few doors down from this one that has been in a derelict state for years and the owner has continually ignored instructions from the council to make it habitable. Time they got tough with property owners who blight the area.
I seem to remember that when this house was last sold, it was a decent property in need of a bit of TLC. I walk up Timberdine Avenue regularly and over a period of time have been amazed at the apparent ineptitude of whoever was working on the site - each time I passed this house it seemed to have been edged closer to total collapse. I have never seen anyone on site who appeared to be a "proper" builder - it just seemed to somebody having fun with a mini digger without a clue what they were doing. Perhaps the council planners should insist the property be rebuilt to the condition it was in when purchased and take the extentions in hand. I believe there is a property a few doors down from this one that has been in a derelict state for years and the owner has continually ignored instructions from the council to make it habitable. Time they got tough with property owners who blight the area. Doogie 46
  • Score: 26

6:34pm Fri 2 May 14

3thinker says...

I'm amazed how, after all the controversy Allah Ditta can still be a councillor and the Conservatives have done nothing to expel him or encourage him to do the decent thing and step down.
I'm amazed how, after all the controversy Allah Ditta can still be a councillor and the Conservatives have done nothing to expel him or encourage him to do the decent thing and step down. 3thinker
  • Score: 26

11:39am Sat 3 May 14

Casmal says...

3thinker wrote:
I'm amazed how, after all the controversy Allah Ditta can still be a councillor and the Conservatives have done nothing to expel him or encourage him to do the decent thing and step down.
Well, on Malvern Hills District Council there are Councillors who have taken advantage of their positions and kept their Council seats, much to the disgust of residents. First there was Cllr. Cousins, who applied for planning permission to build a significant number of houses in his constituency against the wishes of his constituents! Planning permission was refused, so he appealed, costing his own council money!! To add insult to injury he won his appeal.

Now we have Cllr. Hughes, putting his own land forward for development. It will be interesting to see how that progresses.

It beggars belief how they are allowed to get away with it and keep their seats, let alone their roles on Council - Cllr. Cousins Is the Assistant Portfolio Holder for Localism, Community Leadership & Engagement and Cllr. Hughes is the Leader of the Council. Clearly not much Community Leadership going on with the former and a poor example of Leadership from the latter,

Oh, and, of course Cllr. Hughes proposed significant increases in allowances for himself and some other cllrs. They are now being paid for by the residents through a Council Tax rise!!

So much for democracy!
[quote][p][bold]3thinker[/bold] wrote: I'm amazed how, after all the controversy Allah Ditta can still be a councillor and the Conservatives have done nothing to expel him or encourage him to do the decent thing and step down.[/p][/quote]Well, on Malvern Hills District Council there are Councillors who have taken advantage of their positions and kept their Council seats, much to the disgust of residents. First there was Cllr. Cousins, who applied for planning permission to build a significant number of houses in his constituency against the wishes of his constituents! Planning permission was refused, so he appealed, costing his own council money!! To add insult to injury he won his appeal. Now we have Cllr. Hughes, putting his own land forward for development. It will be interesting to see how that progresses. It beggars belief how they are allowed to get away with it and keep their seats, let alone their roles on Council - Cllr. Cousins Is the Assistant Portfolio Holder for Localism, Community Leadership & Engagement and Cllr. Hughes is the Leader of the Council. Clearly not much Community Leadership going on with the former and a poor example of Leadership from the latter, Oh, and, of course Cllr. Hughes proposed significant increases in allowances for himself and some other cllrs. They are now being paid for by the residents through a Council Tax rise!! So much for democracy! Casmal
  • Score: 15

11:10pm Sun 4 May 14

chrism says...

At the end of the day, Cllr Hughes is also where the buck stops with the SWDP and lack of 5 year housing supply fiasco. Would it be too cynical to suggest that it was a deliberate policy to allow him to profit from the new strategic housing land availability assessment? Actually that's probably unfair - he's simply incompetent.
At the end of the day, Cllr Hughes is also where the buck stops with the SWDP and lack of 5 year housing supply fiasco. Would it be too cynical to suggest that it was a deliberate policy to allow him to profit from the new strategic housing land availability assessment? Actually that's probably unfair - he's simply incompetent. chrism
  • Score: 7

11:18pm Sun 4 May 14

The Villan says...

I think he is doing this on purpose. Hence, it will get demolished and he will then have the perfect excuse to build a brand new house to the specifications of the above drawings.

What the planning department should do is force the councilor to use the existing bricks, roofing tiles etc and return the building to it's original state when first built.

Let's see if the council have the cajones to do such a thing!!
I think he is doing this on purpose. Hence, it will get demolished and he will then have the perfect excuse to build a brand new house to the specifications of the above drawings. What the planning department should do is force the councilor to use the existing bricks, roofing tiles etc and return the building to it's original state when first built. Let's see if the council have the cajones to do such a thing!! The Villan
  • Score: 14

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