Fine after Bexley boroughs oldest pub knocked down

A developer has been fined after knocking down a Belvedere pub hundreds of years old.

Kulvinder Singh was accused of demolishing the pub, named the Ye Olde Leather Bottle, on 22nd June 2016, in an unsafe fashion. The building itself was NOT listed and demolition was not the cause of the fine.

Workmen moved in and demolished the building without any normal procedures in place to protect the public or check for asbestos. When Bexley is Bonkers visited the site he was not met with a friendly reception. Bexley is Bonkers has done a great job keeping tabs on this issue and other plots owned by Kulvinder Singh’s company.

Courtesy Google. Site of pub in 2018. Shabby site protection

A separate order was issued against his company earlier this year for concreting over an area facing onto historic woodland in Abbey Wood. Bexley is Bonkers covered it here.

He was director of other companies such as Dhadda Housing which was set up in 2016 and dissolved in 2017 according to Companies House.

Another Dhadda variant, Dhadda Estates, was incorporated in 2015 with Singh still listed as a director.

Dhadda bought the White Hart pub in Erith. According to CAMRA they have also purchased the listed Plume of Feathers in Plumstead.

At the Belvedere pub site, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive  found Balmonza Ltd had not arranged for gas and electricity supplies to be properly disconnected with the chance of an explosion at Belvedere.

There was no hoarding or fencing around the site as the building was being brought down.

Balmonza Ltd was fined £20,000 with another £1000 costs. Kulvinder Singh pleaded guilty and fined £5000. He was ordered to pay costs of £1000.



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    4 thoughts on “Fine after Bexley boroughs oldest pub knocked down

    • I hear stories like that often and I’m always struck by how mean-spirited these small-time developers all are. In Islington where I often work its not uncommon for pensioners selling their home to be duped by the estate agents (who have such a developer in mind as the only buyer) to sell a run-down flat or home as a ‘fire-sale’. The developer finds some ‘undisclosed damage’ such as a crack that was papered over a half century prior and sues the pensioner sometime after completion. The property is then refurbished and the agent sells on behalf of the developer, pocketing a second fee in the process.

      Things like asbestos checks or gas safety are probably not even factors for such individuals. They’re not sorry they’re caught but they are sorry that they’re fined.

    • That was a nice looking building. I hope the Plume Of Feathers survives these cowboys

    • Ye old leather bottle was a beautiful building and should have been given protected status. I went past there today and felt so sad to see this building had been demolished. It is a tragedy all round

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