STOP BULLYING AND UNFAIR ACTION BY SOMERSET REGIONAL COUNCIL.
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WE HAVE BEEN WRONGLY TREATED BY SOMERSET REGIONAL COUNCIL
WE HAVE HAD NO RESPONSE FROM COUNCIL FOLLOWING THE EVENT
OUTLINED IN THE LETTER BELOW.. PLEASE HELP US STAND UP TO THIS INJUSTICE AND TO HAVE OUR PROPERTY RETURNED!
We wish to advise and make formal complaint on councils recent forced entry to our home on 18/12/15. We feel extremely violated and discriminated.
We feel what council has done to us extremely wrong.
The forced entry was on the back of a compliance notice form beginning of 2015 of which we did comply with each of those requests listed.
One of the requests was to screen our building materials/cars from view.
We put up a fence to do just this(and we did advise council that we would do this) consequently, the same neighbour Mr C(name deleted), who has been making constant complaint against us to council engaged us in a property boundary dispute and he pulled the fence down...the same fence which screen our property from his view.
We have had correspondence with council on many occasions regarding the vehicles on our property and that they are my husbands investments and retirement.
If you check councils records, some of these vehicles when they were out the front of our property were by council and we were told to put them onto our property and that would be fine.
***On the court order for entry and the compliance notice it states council was to enter the property to
1. Remove accumulated household rubbish and waste
2. Remove any disused machinery parts and rusty/damaged vehicle body's.
The 11 vehicles removed.. apart from 1 car and trailer were all complete cars..certainly NOT rusted or damaged at all ( and I have all of this on camera) One of the collector cars was actually under cover and not even visible.. You have taken the cover off.. and taken the car away.
In fact, from what I have seen.and I have clearly on video is that two of the cars were damaged on removal from our property.
damaged by council on removal.'
What council called accumulated household waste is certainly not what was removed.. there was no"Rubbish/waste".. just items which we considered to be of value to us, so your actions are wrong.
To date, We have items missing from our residence which are on the Police Report we have made for stolen goods by council. These are
1. Motor and gearbox for F150 Truck. ( MR B) you will recall I had a specific conversation to you regarding this item, we were discussing the two motors which were covered under black plastic and that they were for the truck and you replied that council would not be taking them.
2 .A while pellet of cement. This was covered on black plastic also. I had a specific conversation with a council staff member that any building materials would stay and in fact he put a sticker on the pellet of cement.
3.Several working lawnmowers were taken.. A Big Bob mower and a smaller mower with 3 wheels.( again I had a conversation with a council staff member who in fact asked me to move the smaller mower to my front door so it would not be taken which I did and it was taken anyway.
4.A large fully working and functional Rotisserie
5. A large box of V* car parts which was covered in plastic.
6. A foam box of vintage motor cycle parts.
7. Several Eskies..
8.3 mtr Lengths of Illumine pipe and stainless pipe.
We wish to also advise, which we already did to council on the day there are many expensive tools and building materials, personal goods that were inside the two vans and commodore vehicles which are of significant $ value, which we are needing to build with and for work purpose, your removal of these goods has affected our building and employment.
What action was written on the court order to be carried out is certainly not what happened. There was no mention on the court order about whipper snipping.
This was carried out by council and you destroyed a fruit tree and also heartlessly removed a tree I specifically asked to be left as it feeds native birds on my property. Again this was NOT on the court order
You took advantage of the court order and had my husband arrested under no cause.. he simply asked you a question Mr B (name deleted ).. It was YOU Mr B that became aggressive and yelling and I have all this on video. This left me vulnerable and humiliated... on my own with male council staff all over my property, pulling it to pieces laughing, swearing and making comment.
Council applied to the court for 10 days to enter our property.. You were granted 5 days and carried out your actions in 1 day.A disorganised mess and action taken that was not legal and certainly not on the court order.
We demand investigation into your actions, immediate return of ALL of our property as you did not have legal right to take the vehicles as they were not rusty damaged bodies.. and immediate return of the goods listed above.
And we seek apologies and compensation from council for your unfair, discriminating and violating actions to date... all off the back of constant complaint by a neighbour with a grudge, who has made our lives a living hell and we are dealing with legally at present.
We will engage Legal representation and Media coverage for councils actions to date.
Cindy Penney & Dennis Palmer
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