Labour Camden Council prosecutes own Tory councillor over ‘home repair failings’

Cllr Johnny Bucknell has been taken to court by Camden Council. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Cllr Johnny Bucknell has been taken to court by Camden Council. Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Camden Council is prosecuting one of its own councillors for allegedly failing to carry out improvement works to a house he lets out on time.

Conservative Cllr Jonny Bucknell is accused of not making the necessary improvements to his property in Chamberlain Street, Primrose Hill by a date set by the Labour-run council.

The private landlord, who used to be the Camden Conservatives’ spokesman for housing, appeared at Highbury Magistrates Court last Thursday.

But the hearing was adjourned to allow Cllr Bucknell to consult his legal representatives.

Cllr Bucknell, who was listed in court as living at the same address where is charged with failing to carry out the work, has been a Tory councillor for Belsize ward on Camden Council for five years.

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He is formally charged with failing to comply with an improvement notice, to carry out works to a house by May 19.

He was first ordered to make the improvements to the flat on August 22, 2014.

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He will appear before court on January 14 to submit a plea.

Mr Bucknell pointed out that the tenant was in temporary accommodation at the time.

But said he was unable to comment further on the case at this stage for legal reasons.

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