Fire risk shisha bar shut down by Gloucester City Council
A MAKESHIFT shisha bar was closed by fire chiefs after it was found to be a death trap.
The bar sprung up in Bristol Road and was created using dodgy scaffolding and a highly flammable fabric. It didn't even have a fire exit.
The closure is part of a crackdown by Gloucester City Council planning enforcers.
Andy Birchley, senior planning compliance officer, said: "This shisha bar posed a huge risk to everyone inside and fire officials closed it immediately.
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"They were then ordered to remove the structure."
But the council also got tough on a serial hoarder from Malvern Road, in Kingsholm, who stuffed his garden with prams, oil drums, drainage pipes, scrap metal and more.
Neighbours watched for a decade as the garden slowly disappeared under a sea of street furniture.
The staggering amount of junk filled 20 skips – and that was even before the overgrown trees, bushes and weeds were removed.
Mr Birchley said: "The junk had been sitting there for a good 10 years. It was all his own stuff that he had been collecting.
"They were all things he thought he might need one day or would be worth something."
The man had to be taken to court before he would part with the items.
Council officials are also clamping down on a proliferation of satellite dishes on buildings in conservation areas.
Four dishes were removed from the front of an historic house on Parliament Street in the city centre.
Unnecessary street signs pointing to new housing developments or signs that are illegally advertising firms are also being removed by the council.