July 1, 2009
Cliff Richard ordered to remove structure
British 1960s pop singer Cliff Richard must tear down a $50,000 conservatory on his property or face prosecution, a local government council has ruled.
The Runnymede Borough Council in Virginia Water, Surrey, said Richard, 68, built the structure at his mansion three years ago without the proper planning permissions, The Times of London reported Wednesday.
If the 'Bachelor Boy' was successful in appealing the committee's decision, they might all be singing 'Congratulations,' The Times quoted the Conservative Party commissioner as saying.
The committee based its decision on demanding the tear-down on its policy of stopping the spread of such conservatories, which are seen as a threat to efforts to preserve Green Belt land, the newspaper said.