Sheds should ship out – Town

This Berwick Street sea container has been there since 2006 but has just come under council scrutiny.
This Berwick Street sea container has been there since 2006 but has just come under council scrutiny.

The containers, one at a St James property and two at a Lathlain property, are visible from the street and neighbouring homes.

At the Town’s request, it received separate applications in July from Regina Browne, of St James, and Steven Lozyk, of Lathain, for retrospective planning approval of the containers that have been on their properties for nine years and 20 months respectively.

Town officers subsequently recommended councillors refuse the applications as the containers were prone to rust and neglect, had a detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the area and set a poor standard for residential areas.

Ms Browne told councillors the container at her Berwick Street property was only visible if people walked by or stopped to look at it.

She used it as cheap, secure storage for household items after having two lawn mowers stolen. She was happy to build a fence to screen the light blue 6m long, 2.45m high sea container.

Mr Lozyk said he had owned one container for 15 years and it was previously stored at his Gallipoli Street property. He used it to store vintage motorcycles and another had a bench and lighting installed as a space for his hobbies.

He planned to use a container to store household goods when he demolished the asbestos home on his Cookham Road lot and replaced it with a new two-storey home, plans the Town approved in June.

‘They are seen from the street now but they won’t be in the future. I’m not out to make the area look bad,’ he said.

‘There are a lot of break-ins in the area. It’s a secure means of storage.’

The officers’ report said Mr Lozyk’s containers were highly visible and believed he intended for them to remain onsite for the long term or until it was subdivided.

– Councillors will decide on containers at tonight’s meeting from 6.30pm at the council chambers, 99 Shepperton Road.