Pub landlord pours green dye down drain in heated row over car park with council

A pub landlord has been filmed pouring lime green dye down a car park drain as part of a bizarre row with his council.

Mark Robertson, from Huddersfield in Yorkshire, was recorded holding a bucket over a high-rise car park's drain and pouring in a ton of bright luminous green dye as he ranted.

The businessman, who has hopes of refurbishing The West Riding pub on Albion Street, has been left dumbfounded after massive leaks threatened his pub.

His disbelief came following the leaks of rainwater which ran into his business from the Buxton House car park directly above it, as seen in the footage, Yorkshire Live reports.

Taking action in a desperate attempt to get his local council's attention and to raise awareness of the issue, Mark poured the substance down the drain as he spoke directly to the camera while somebody followed him as they recorded.

It then leaked directly into his property.

To add insult to injury, the car park's gutters had also recently been refurbished.

Mark says he has been trying to get the issue resolved "for years" and is fed up.

The landlord, who also owns the nearby Plumbers Arms on Macaulay Street, says it is more important to him to get it fixed now as he understandably wants an easy life once lockdown ends and his pub can reopen.

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He claimed he has got nowhere with Savills, who act as managing agents for the company Zurich Insurance Group.

Mark says he pays an annual £4,000 service charge to the company and Kirklees Council which is responsible for the maintenance of Buxton House car park.

It comes as other businesses in the area are also struggling to get attention on the matter.

The business next door, Natasha Schoolwear, claim staff have been forced to put umbrellas over stock of clothes to prevent them from being damaged amid the leak problem.

Mark said: "It's a massive problem. We were well into refurbishing it yet again but these leaks have progressively got worse over the years and especially during the last 12 months."

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He went on to say that he needs it sorted by the time he predicts they can open in April.

Mark claims "they have had 10 years to sort it" and it will be a "tragedy" if it is not sorted by the time the pub reopens due to losing months of business due to lockdown and strict rules in the UK preventing any gatherings at boozers.

"So we desperately need it to be done with guaranteed no leaks," he told the local publication.

A Kirklees Council spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the issues raised in relation to the commercial property at Buxton House.

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"Legal representatives for both Mr Robertson and Kirklees Council are involved in ongoing discussions to try and resolve them.

"It wouldn't be appropriate to comment further at this time."

A spokeswoman for Savills said: "As the appointed managing agent, we aware of the issues regarding the leaks in the car park.

"All parties are working together to investigate, identify the causes and find a solution which is in the best interests of the tenant and the property."

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