Shisha lounges demolished in enforcement crack down

28 October 2014 in Community safety and Council and democracy
This week two illegal Shisha lounges will be closed down and demolished by Newham Council.
Illegal Shisha lounge being demolished
Illegal Shisha loungeThe operation, led by the council's planning enforcement team will see a pair of smoking caf├ęs, built by two brothers without planning permission, pulled down in Plashet Grove, East Ham.

The council had previously issued enforcement notices to Sajid Patel (of Lounge 34, 34-40 Plashet Grove) and Minhaz Patel (of 30 Plashet Grove) and officers had repeatedly returned to warn the leaseholders, but they still failed to comply.

After issuing final warnings in July, today (Tuesday 28 October) the council has entered the properties and will begin pulling down the illegal lounges and removing pipes, coal and flavourings which are used for smoking.

Councillor Ian Corbett, mayoral advisor for environment and leisure, said: "In Newham we have a zero tolerance approach to Shisha lounges. These illegal establishments have been built without planning permission and caused significant disturbance to other residents. They are being razed to the ground today by Newham Council.

"These premises have shown blatant disregard for residents' and clients' safety, and health. The Shisha lounge buildings were a hazard to all and much of the smoking took place in poorly ventilated areas.

"What made these men think they were above the law is beyond me, let this be a warning to others trying to skirt around planning laws to make a quick buck, Newham Council will be checking you have the correct planning permission and licences and if needs be, we will come after you with bulldozers and legal papers too."