11 more satellite dish cashes being probed after OAP (90) brought to court
Dublin City Council has revealed it is pursuing 11 more cases involving satellite dishes installed at homes.
Controversy flared earlier this week when a 90-year-old great-grandmother was left facing a €1,500 legal bill for breaching planning laws by having a satellite dish on the front of her home.
Anne Rudd appeared before Dublin District Court on Tuesday, where she later agreed to pay the sum towards the council’s legal costs.
Her daughter Ann Claxton said the experience had been a “day from hell”.
However, it has now emerged that more cases are being probed by the council.
In response to a query from the Herald, the council said it had received 41 complaints about satellite dishes since January this year.
- 13 dishes were removed following initial correspondence from the council;
- Five dishes were positioned so as to be exempt under planning regulations;
- Five cases were not pursued due to lack of evidence regarding the length of time they were erected;
- Seven enforcement notices have been served requiring removal of unauthorised dishes.
Three householders removed their dishes following receipt of an enforcement notice, one dish was removed following the institution of legal proceeding, and the time allowed to comply with a notice has not elapsed in the other three cases, according to the council.
It added that “11 cases remain under investigation”.
A spokesperson pointed out that the council does not issue fines on people who carry out unauthorised development as that is a matter for the courts.
“However, the planning and development legislation provides that any person on whom an enforcement notice is served must pay the council’s costs in investigating the matter. It follows that anyone who addresses the issue before an enforcement notice is served is not liable for any costs,” the spokesperson said.
“As the costs reflect the council’s expenses in investigating instances of unauthorised development, we do not make any money from the investigation.”
Meanwhile, Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council both said they had no cases pending before the courts in relation to satellite dishes.
Dublin city councillor Mannix Flynn said most members of the public are unaware you need planing permission to put up a satellite dish.
“The council should make it a public campaign to inform people about these issues,” he said.